Erik ten Hag reminds Lisandro Martinez that Man United’s Premier League campaign is about to resume

Don’t celebrate too hard! Erik ten Hag reminds Lisandro Martinez that Manchester United’s Premier League season is about to resume as the defender celebrates Argentina’s World Cup victory in his homeland.

Erik ten Hag has told Lisandro Martinez not to enjoy Argentina’s World Cup celebrations too much as Manchester United prepare to resume their Premier League campaign.

The centre-back played a part in five of Argentina’s matches in Qatar, though not the final, before returning home.

Hundreds of thousands of rave fans flocked to the winning players upon their return to Buenos Aires and celebrations continued throughout the week.

Lisandro Martinez celebrated Argentina’s World Cup victory again in his home country

The defender posted this photo from the exposed bus parade on his Instagram account

The defender posted this photo from the exposed bus parade on his Instagram account

Lisandro Martinez, Cristian Romero and Nahuel Molina after their World Cup celebrations

Lisandro Martinez, Cristian Romero and Nahuel Molina after their World Cup celebrations

Martinez was photographed wearing sunglasses and looking worse than he wore alongside Cristian Romero and Nahuel Molina the day after Argentina’s festivities.

But with United facing Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, Ten Hag reminded Martinez – and France defender Raphael Varane, who was on the losing side in the final – that he expects them to be back on duty at the club sooner rather than later.

“[Martinez] It was celebrated in Buenos Aires and I can understand that. “It’s the highest you can go,” Ten Hag said.

But also, Lisandro Martinez has to accept that the Premier League will continue on the 27th.

Manchester United manager Eric ten Hag has given Martinez little sign that the team's Premier League campaign is about to resume

Manchester United manager Eric ten Hag has given Martinez little sign that the team’s Premier League campaign is about to resume

Martinez celebrates Argentina's victory over France last Sunday with Cristian Romero

Martinez celebrates Argentina’s victory over France last Sunday with Cristian Romero

‘Definitely [Varane] He’s disappointed about the loss, but I also think he can be proud that he was again in the final and all that he’s already achieved in his career.

United returned to competitive play after the World Cup with a 2-0 home win over Burnley in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, with Christian Eriksen and Marcus Rashford scoring.

They host Forest on December 27, travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on New Year’s Eve and welcome Bournemouth at Old Trafford on January 3 as they try to climb from fifth in the table.

United defender Raphael Varane ended up on the losing side as France were defeated in Qatar

United defender Raphael Varane ended up on the losing side as France were defeated in Qatar

Harry Maguire missed the Burnley game through illness, but Victor Lindelof is likely to feature in defense against Forest if Martinez and Varane remain absent.

It came as Ten Hag confirmed that winger Jadon Sancho was unlikely to be available for the Forest game amid concerns about his mental health.

Sancho hasn’t played for United since October and missed their training camp in Spain earlier this month after Ten Hag said he wasn’t “physically or mentally ready” to participate.

Jadon Sancho is unlikely to feature in Manchester United's return to the Premier League against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday amid concerns about his mental health.

Jadon Sancho is unlikely to feature in Manchester United’s return to the Premier League against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday amid concerns about his mental health.

United boss Erik ten Hag (right) has admitted he does not know when Sancho (second from right) will return to action for a reported £73m.

United boss Erik ten Hag (right) has admitted he does not know when Sancho (second from right) will return to action for a reported £73m.

The 22-year-old, who has closed his social media accounts, was in the Netherlands working with coaches recommended by the manager.

United have not put a time limit on Sancho’s return, and Ten Hag answered “I don’t think so” when asked if he would play any part against Forest.


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