Wes Brown has named his Manchester United Player of the Month for August.
Three defenders were nominated for the award including Raphael Varane, Tyrell Malacia and Lisandro Martinez.
However, Brown has given his approval to Martinez to win the award after his first run of competitive games at the club. He has been a rock at the back and he gives us a cutting edge in the competitive department with his aura on the pitch.
The Argentina international completed his transfer to United this summer after impressing under Erik ten Hag at Ajax. He formed a reunion with his manager at Old Trafford and has recently been joined by Brazilian teammate Antony.
“For me with Varane, I don’t expect anything less and that’s the honest truth,” Brown told club media via ManUtd.com. “He is so experienced with everything he has won. The way he is playing, he didn’t [need to] make a tackle against Southampton and that just shows [he is] a world-class defender.”
Brown added: “If Varane can stay fit, he will do that more consistently throughout the season. But, for me, the Player of the Month has got to be Martinez.”
After playing with a range of brilliant footballers throughout his time at United, Brown compared Martinez to one.
Another Argentine in the shape of Carlos Tevez.
“He reminds me of a Carlos Tevez at the back – he just doesn’t give you any rest, he is always there,” Brown said. “The striker gets the ball and he thinks he can have a nice day, but then boom, he’s having it [laughs]! Some fouls don’t matter either and I like it. He’s on you, he’ll give you [a challenge] and then run off. The striker is [left] wondering what it was for.
“He just gets on with it all day. He’s there for 90 minutes, always on his toes, and it’s up to you to do something about it. That’s why I say Martinez. To come back from those first two games when he got a lot of stick, it takes a lot of character.”
Martinez can quickly become a fans’ favourite if he keeps up this form in a United shirt.
Especially when so many pundits want to focus on his height which, if you look at the stats this season, really isn’t proving to be much of a problem for Martinez.
Let us know in the comments section who you think will win the player of the month award.