He’s not Lisandro Martinez, so Jamie Carragher won’t call Virgil van Dijk out after Brighton howler

He's not Lisandro Martinez, so Jamie Carragher won't call Virgil van Dijk out after Brighton howler

Manchester United fans have urged Jamie Carragher to react to Virgil van Dijk’s howler against Brighton & Hove Albion just as he had done with Lisandro Martinez.

Martinez moved to Man United from Ajax over the summer but has been criticised by Carragher and Graeme Souness due to his height and poor start to the season.

The former Ajax defender was not at his best against Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford, to which Carragher quickly claimed the Argentine wouldn’t succeed in the Premier League due to his height of 1.75m.

Following the ex-Liverpool defender’s critics, Martinez would go on to put out a string of solid performances that helped Manchester United win four league matches in a row and he’s now touted as one of the best centre-backs in the country.

Virgil van Dijk, who has been one of the best centre-backs in the world in recent seasons, came under criticism after playing a role in Liverpool’s 3-3 draw against the Seagulls at Anfield in the Premier League.

The Netherlands international failed to clear off a cross late in the game and Trossard scored a late equaliser from the resulting howler.

Across social media, fans have admitted that Virgil van Dijk hasn’t been at his best this season but Carragher is yet to react to the Dutchman’s poor displays, unlike how he was quick to rule out Martinez’s chances of succeeding at Manchester United.

Martinez starred against Liverpool in August and won the man of the match award as Manchester United beat the Reds 2-1 at Old Trafford.

The Argentina international is expected to start at the back against Manchester City on Sunday and that’s a chance to further prove his critics wrong.

Ahead of the Manchester derby, Jamie Carragher took a sly dig at the ex-Ajax defender, stating that the only way he can handle Erling Haaland is to stay away from him.