Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez was very impressive during Thursday’s 4-3 Premier League win over Wolverhampton Wanderers on the road.
The Argentine made his first league start since September for the Red Devils and he was hugely involved in the second half as Wolves looked to get back into the game.
The €50 million-rated star saved the blushes of goalkeeper Andre Onana with a terrific goal-line clearance and also made a couple of key blocks to deny Pedro Neto in the box.
Aside from this, he made four clearances and two interceptions. He was also fluent with his distribution, completing 95 per cent of his passes from 76 touches against Wolves.
Martinez was substituted in the 86th minute when United were leading 3-2. It seemed like a precautionary measure. He had an ice pack placed on his left foot.
United were not convincing defensively after Martinez was taken off, but they deserved the victory, considering the amount of chances created over the course of 90 minutes.
The club could have easily been four or five goals ahead in the opening half. They missed some big chances while the crossing was not up to the mark in key situations.
Kobbie Mainoo’s stunning late goal ensured that United picked up all three points. They must build on the result with a winning streak to close the gap on the top four.
United are currently eight points adrift of the final Champions League spot and will be aiming to reduce the deficit further when they host West Ham United this weekend.
After the Hammers, the Red Devils face Aston Villa away from home. It is a crucial period for United and victories in both games could see the club on the cusp of the top four.
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