Jamie Carragher has suggested a tactical change that will help Lisandro Martinez thrive at Manchester United after a horrid start to life at the Theatre of Dreams.
Man United signed Martinez from Ajax last month in a bid to improve their backline but the defender has obviously got off to a nightmare start in his Manchester United career, putting out questionable performances in his two appearances so far.
The 24-year-old was dreadful at centre-back in the first half of his debut against Brighton and Hove Albion last two weekends and Erik ten Hag had to bring him into the midfield in the second half. Against Brentford last weekend, the midfielder got bullied by The Bees’ attackers, although Ivan Toney thought his challenges with the Argentine was fair.
Lisandro Martinez, who stands at just 5ft 9in, was hauled off at half-time after Erik ten Hag learnt that the home side targeted him as a weak link in the United’s backline.
It’s a growing concern for Erik ten Hag on how to get the best out of the former Ajax defender and Carragher has suggested that starting the Argentina international at left-back or in a three-man defence could end Martinez’s nightmare start in his Old Trafford career. And the Liverpool legend also agreed with many that it will only get worse for Ten Hag if he keeps starting the new signing at centre-back.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Manchester United’s clash against Liverpool at Old Trafford next week, he said: “The problem [Ten Hag] has got straight away is the signing of Lisandro Martinez at the back.
“We should never judge managers or players too early, but I’m convinced this can’t work because he’s the size of 5’9 playing in a back four.
“If they don’t, they’re crackers. I think [United] have got a huge problem.”
Manchester United will look to bounce back to winning ways next week but that obviously appears as a huge task for Ten Hag, given he’s coming up against Liverpool, a side that thrashed United 9-0 across both league games last term.
The Reds haven’t started perfectly either and they currently occupy the 12th position with 2 points from two games while United occupy the 20th position with 0 point.