Don’t party too hard! Erik ten Hag reminds Lisandro Martinez that Man United’s Premier League campaign is about to resume as the defender celebrates Argentina’s World Cup triumph in his homeland
The central defender played a part in five of Argentina’s matches in Qatar, though not the final, before returning to his homeland.
Hundreds of thousands of delirious fans mobbed the victorious players when they arrived back in Buenos Aires and celebrations have continued all week.
Lisandro Martinez has been celebrating Argentina’s World Cup win back in his homeland
Lisandro Martinez, Cristian Romero and Nahuel Molina pose after their World Cup celebrations
Martinez was pictured wearing sunglasses and looking the worse for wear alongside Cristian Romero and Nahuel Molina the day after Argentina’s celebrations.
But with United playing Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, Ten Hag has reminded Martinez – and France defender Raphael Varane, who was on the losing side in the final – that he expects them back on club duty sooner rather than later.
‘[Martinez] has been celebrating in Buenos Aires and I can understand that. It’s the highest you can achieve,’ Ten Hag said.
‘But also, Lisandro Martinez has to accept that on the 27th the Premier League will go on.
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has given Martinez a little nudge that the team’s Premier League campaign is about to resume
Martinez celebrates Argentina’s win over France last Sunday with Cristian Romero
‘Of course [Varane] is disappointed about losing but I think also he can be proud that he was again in the final and of all that he achieved already in his career.’
United returned to competitive action following 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 to Old Trafford on January 3 as they try to push up from fifth in the table.
United defender Raphael Varane ended up on the losing side as France were beaten in Qatar
Harry Maguire missed the Burnley game through illness but he is likely to partner Victor Lindelof at the back against Forest if Martinez and Varane remain absent.
It came as Ten Hag confirmed winger Jadon Sancho is unlikely to be available for the Forest game amid concerns over his mental wellbeing.
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 take part.
Jadon Sancho is unlikely to appear in Manchester United’s return to Premier League action against Nottingham Forest on Tuesday amid concerns over his mental wellbeing
United manager Erik ten Hag (right) has admitted he does not know when £73million Sancho (second right) will return to action for the club
The 22-year-old, who has closed down his social media accounts, has been in Holland working with coaches recommended by the manager.
United have not put a time limit on Sancho’s return, with Ten Hag replying ‘I don’t think so’ when asked if he would play any part against Forest.