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‘He’s not special at anything!’: Souness believes £57million Lisandro Martinez will MISTAKE at Man United

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‘He’s not special at anything!’: Graeme Souness believes £57million Lisandro Martinez will MISTAKE at Manchester United, accusing ‘vertical-challenged’ central defender of diving in too much

  • Graeme Souness believes Lisandro Martinez will struggle at Manchester United
  • Souness says Erling Haaland and Darwin Nunez will be a mismatch for Martinez
  • Former Liverpool boss insists the Argentine defender isn’t special at anything
  • Pundit believes defender height will be an issue in the Premier League

Graeme Souness believes Lisandro Martinez will fail at Manchester United and doesn’t think the defender is special for anything.

Martinez arrived from Ajax at Old Trafford this summer on a deal worth up to £57 million and faced criticism when United lost their first two games of the season, scoring six goals.

As a result, defensive partner Harry Maguire was dropped and despite Martinez retaining his place alongside Raphael Varane, vultures circled for the Argentine, with many referring to his 5ft 7in frame.

Lisandro Martinez has had a turbulent start to life at Old Trafford after his move from Ajax

Pundit Graeme Souness is unimpressed with Martinez's start to the season for United

Pundit Graeme Souness is unimpressed with Martinez’s start to the season for United

Souness believes Martinez’s height will cause further problems, especially when he encounters more physical strikers.

‘I was watching the game over the weekend, she [Southampton] Che Adams up against him and the keeper and other members of that Southampton team loaded it down that left and tried it on his [Martinez] head,” Souness told talkSPORT.

“He’s been challenged vertically and I was mulling over to think of someone who has played in the Premier League or even the Premier League.” [old] first division of that size and a success.

“I think he will be severely tested and discovered in the future. Against Haaland, Nunes or Mitrovic, oh my god, it’s going to be a mismatch.

Martinez registered his first clean sheet as a Man United player at Southampton on Saturday

Martinez registered his first clean sheet as a Man United player at Southampton on Saturday

Consecutive wins for Manchester United have energized a side that found themselves in the depths of despair just two weeks ago after their 4-0 mauling at Brentford.

Since the West London defeat, a backline made up of Martinez and Varane have admitted only once that it helped Erik ten Hag’s side beat both Liverpool and Southampton.

But the former Newcastle boss hasn’t sold on the 24-year-old yet, giving his decisive opinion on what he’s seen of the Argentine since his arrival.

“He’s not particularly special at anything,” Souness said.

“I would say he is spirited and aggressive. The other thing I don’t like about him is that he goes to the ground too easily. That’s not a good sign for a defender.

“The smart ones stop and read it, they’re there, they anticipate. If you break out all the time, it means you’re not reading it.

“But I come back to his mate, he will be discovered in the Premier League.”

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