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CHRIS SUTTON: Man United's Lisandro Martinez is being targeted

CHRIS SUTTON: It’s no surprise that Lisandro Martinez, a five-foot-wide centre-back, has been targeted, and Man United’s summer signing had a scorching night in Brentford…proving that size does matter !

  • Manchester United were thrashed by Brentford on Saturday night
  • Summer signing Lisandro Martinez had a particularly difficult game for United
  • He was targeted by Ivan Toney and was unable to contain the Brentford striker
  • Martinez was taken off the field at half-time after United conceded four first-half goals
  • His disastrous start at United shows that size does matter in the Premier League

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Size matters (sometimes). If I was facing a team, I would target a central defender, maybe after watching him in the tunnel.

Wimbledon’s Chris Perry, although he had a good spring, was six feet tall. I was six feet tall and scored against them in October 1997. There was a long ball, I defeated Perry in the air and left him on his behind, and scored to secure a 1-0 win for Blackburn. Job done.

It is natural, which is why opponents are targeting Manchester United’s six-foot-tall centre-back Lisandro Martinez.

Lisandro Martinez had a difficult night against Brentford on Saturday

Lisandro Martinez had a difficult night against Brentford on Saturday

It looked like he was deliberately targeted by Ivan Toney, and Martinez came second

It looked like he was deliberately targeted by Ivan Toney, and Martinez came second

It looked like he was deliberately targeted by Ivan Toney, and Martinez came second

Brighton did last weekend, abandoning their usual plan to play from behind to send long balls towards Martinez. Brentford saw that and turned to him too, because he felt it was a weak link that they could expose.

It is smart. It’s street wise. You take advantage of your opponents in every possible way.

Like how Brentford striker Ivan Toney attacked Ben White on his Arsenal debut at the start of last season. Toney defeated White in that 2-0 win.

Toney did the same to Arsenal's Ben White at the start of last season

Toney did the same to Arsenal's Ben White at the start of last season

Toney did the same to Arsenal’s Ben White at the start of last season

If you think you can beat someone, why not use it? Martinez was one of three men addicted to Erik ten Hag at halftime on Saturday – the ultimate humiliation for a footballer – and it was a rough welcome to the Premier League for him.

After seeing Martinez dominate individually, other strikers will now turn it on him. I know I would.

Although we have to say, it would be unfair to blame Martinez entirely. No player in the Ten Hag team has come out of the last two defeats with praise.

There was only one shower in the entire country on Saturday and that was Manchester United.

Man United couldn't take it as they were thrashed by Brentford - their second loss in a row

Man United couldn't take it as they were thrashed by Brentford - their second loss in a row

Man United couldn’t take it as they were thrashed by Brentford – their second loss in a row


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