Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is convinced that Lisandro Martínez can’t play in a again 4 at Manchester United due to his top.
Martinez spent three years working beneath modern-day United manager Erk ten Hag at Ajax and gained their Player of the Year award in 2021-22.
Ten Hag wanted to convey the Argentina global to Old Trafford and United agreed to pay an preliminary £48.3million to stable his signature. But he stands at just 5ft 9in, making him the smallest senior centre-again in the Premier League.
Martinez made his United debut inside the 2-1 defeat to Brighton and changed into lucky now not to concede a penalty for a nasty on Danny Welbeck.
The 24-12 months-vintage was then substituted at half of-time against Brentford after United conceded 4 first-half desires at the Gtech Community Stadium.
“We knew we’d more likely both win it or the second one ball round it,” Brentford supervisor Thomas Frank informed Sky Sports when asked whether or not his aspect intentionally centered Martinez.
“Of course we checked out what Brighton did properly in opposition to them, and Brighton are also like us within the way they need to play. Normally Brighton continually construct from the goalkeeper, but they went long each single time so of route we checked out that.
“We knew we had that weapon in order that’s why we did it.”
United’s 4-0 defeat to Brentford changed into unsurprisingly one among the biggest speaking factors on Monday Night Football.
Carragher determined to consciousness on Martinez, and he believes that United will continue to struggle in the event that they hold gambling him at centre-returned.
“We have to in no way judge managers [or] players too early but I’m satisfied this will’t work, because of the scale of him in a returned four,” Carragher said.
“Maybe he should go left-returned, maybe he may want to play in a lower back 3, however in a again 4, he can not play there within the Premier League.”
He brought: “Brighton are one of the high-quality passing groups you’ll see inside the Premier League. So in opposition to Manchester United, they honestly went 20 in line with cent lengthy with their passes, the second one-highest they’ve completed considering the fact that August 2021, the start of remaining season.
“Last season’s common become 12 consistent with cent, so they doubled what they had been doing due to the dimensions of the Manchester United centre-lower back. Brentford’s manager, Thomas Frank, mentioned what Brighton did after the game. They went from sixteen in keeping with cent to 21 in step with cent, once more another jump.
“And the motive why they’re gonna have a massive hassle with [Martinez] at centre-lower back is each unmarried crew that play Manchester United, perhaps bar Manchester City and Liverpool, who may feel, ‘we don’t need to alternate for Man United’ – have to goal that. And if they don’t, they’re crackers.
“They clearly ought to try this and I think [United] have got a huge hassle. And Ten Hag has were given his fingerprints a bit bit over this crew, and the 2 or three things I suppose he’s prompted are not working.”
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