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Arsenal legend Ian Wright heaps praise on Man Utd defender Lisandro Martinez

Arsenal legend Ian Wright heaped praise on Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez following his gritty performance against Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

The Red Devils secured a 2-1 win over the Eagles at Old Trafford yesterday, but they had to work hard for the result following a red card for Casemiro in the 70th minute.

They showed tremendous defensive resolve in the closing stages and Martinez was definitely the pick of the players with a vital block on goal as well as several clearances.

The Argentine was clearly United’s man of the match against the Eagles and speaking on BBC Match of the Day, Wright was hugely impressed with the Argentine’s display.

He said: “That defender man, Martinez. He is something.”

Martinez was brilliant against Crystal Palace

Casemiro’s sending-off against Palace changed the complexion of the game. The Red Devils were cruising to a 2-0 win at one point of time before the red card.

The Eagles pulled one goal back through Jeffrey Schlupp, but United managed to hold on comfortably in the end with Martinez making crucial challenges in the box.

The Argentine has been a revelation since his move from Ajax last summer. He has been hugely consistent, putting in stand-out performances in almost every game.

With a man down yesterday, the £45 million-rated star stepped up to the plate and he truly deserves the plaudits from the fans as well as respected pundits such as Wright.

With the Palace result, United have won 13 games on the trot at home. Old Trafford has become a fortress and long may the run continue under manager Erik ten Hag.

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