Paul Scholes names key player Manchester United might struggle without this season

Paul Scholes names key player Manchester United might struggle without this season

Paul Scholes has claimed that Manchester United might struggle without Lisandro Martínez in the team.

Man United signed Martinez from Ajax this summer and the defender has gone on to be a rock at the back.

Although Manchester United lost their opening two Premier League matches against Brighton & Hove Albion and Brentford, the Red Devils have won their last four games including their 3-1 win over Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Martinez and Raphael Varane have started at the back in each of those four games and played superbly.

However, the Argentine was hauled off late in the game against the Gunners after a suspected injury and Scholes thinks United might struggle this season if Lisandro Martínez remains on the sidelines.

Speaking about the victory over Arsenal, Scholes said: “I go back to possession where Mikel Arteta’s saying he’s in control of the game with his interview there. It doesn’t matter.

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“There are so many teams in these big games where they come away from Old Trafford a lot of times in big games wondering how have we not won, we’ve played great.

“At Manchester United it’s about the determination more than anything you know the talent is there but it’s about getting up to people, stopping people, getting up to people being solid at the back.

“Having that solid back four now is helping them. Martinez coming out of that might be a worry going forward.”

Recent reports have claimed that Lisandro Martínez’s injury isn’t as bad as first feared and his substitution was only as a precaution and it was nothing serious.

The 24-year-old is expected to be rested by Erik ten Hag when Manchester United welcome Real Sociedad at Old Trafford on Thursday in the Europa League.