Lisandro Martinez: Brentford boss Thomas Frank admits targeting Manchester United defender in 4-0 win | Football News


Brentford boss Thomas Frank admitted they focused Lisandro Martinez of their 4-0 win over Manchester United, as Jamie Redknapp claimed the 5ft 9in defender can not play at centre-back within the Premier League.

Martinez, who was signed for £56.7m from Ajax last month, was taken off at half-time within the defeat as he struggled to deal with the physicality of Brentford and was outmuscled by Ben Mee for the Bees’ third aim.

The 24-year-old additionally got here in for criticism final weekend on his Premier League debut as Brighton won 2-1 at Old Trafford.

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Brentford’s win in opposition to Manchester United.

Requested whether or not his aspect intentionally focused the 24-year-old, Brentford boss Frank informed Sky Sports activities: “We knew we would extra probably both win it or the second ball round it.

“In fact we checked out what Brighton did effectively in opposition to them, and Brighton are additionally like us in the way in which they need to play.

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Thomas Frank says he is extraordinarily happy with his gamers following their memorable 4-0 win over Manchester United.

“Usually Brighton all the time construct from the goalkeeper, however they went lengthy each single time so after all we checked out that.

“We knew we had that weapon in order that’s why we did it.”

Redknapp: Each workforce will play on Martinez at centre-back

Lisandro Martinez goes down after a clash with Ivan Toney
Martinez goes down after a conflict with Ivan Toney in the course of the first half

The Argentina worldwide is the shortest central defender within the Premier League – at 5ft 9in (1.75m) he’s a transparent inch shorter than every other common centre-back within the prime flight.

“If you are going to signal a 5ft 9in centre-back, he isn’t going to have the ability to compete on this league,” Redknapp informed Sky Sports activities after the sport.

“He may be okay within the Dutch league the place it is not fairly as bodily however if you play right here you realize week in, week out groups wish to expose any weak point like Brentford did as we speak, like Brighton did final week and like Liverpool will do.

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Gary Neville and Jamie Redknapp give their views on what has gone incorrect for Manchester Utd

“Each workforce will play on him as a result of he is 5ft 9in and never tall sufficient. He is really a small midfielder not to mention a small centre-back.

“He’ll want time. Perhaps he can play in midfield. Technically he is a great participant, he is performed within the Dutch league and he is aware of the sport.

“However as a centre-back on this league I feel it is actually troublesome and also you get uncovered in a short time.”

Neville: My top stopped me from taking part in at centre-back

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Gary Neville says that Manchester Utd have reached a brand new low and are drained of all confidence after a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Brentford

Former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville, who’s 5ft 10in, admitted he couldn’t play at centre-back as a result of his top.

“After I heard he was 5ft 9in it took me again,” Neville informed Sky Sports activities after United’s defeat. “I beloved taking part in centre-back and I used to be a centre-back within the youth and reserve groups.

“I most likely performed about 40 or 50 video games at centre-back in my first 150 video games and I might seen Paul Parker earlier than me who’s an impressive centre-back.

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Lisandro Martinez is the shortest centre-back within the Premier League, coming in at 175cm in top

“However there’d all the time come a degree whereby bodily it turned an excessive amount of for me and he needed to take me out of centre-back and put me at right-back as a result of I bodily could not deal with the 6ft 2in strikers that have been up in opposition to me within the field on set-pieces and on crosses.

“I had to surrender that feeling that I’d be a centre-back and the boss Sir Alex Ferguson tried it for about three or 4 years the place he saved placing me again in.

“However actually, it will be very troublesome on this league to truly succeed, irrespective of how good you’re and that is not writing the participant off.”

Martinez, who has signed a five-year deal at United with the choice of an extra 12 months, also can function at left-back and as a defensive midfielder.

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Erik Ten Hag’s third signing Lisandro Martinez says he’s wanting ahead to testing himself within the Premier League

Requested the place he can slot in at Outdated Trafford, Neville mentioned: “Perhaps on the left in a back-three – that might doubtlessly work.

“Perhaps taking part in in midfield, as a result of we all know he can try this. I feel he is obtained tenacity and, to be truthful, I would not decide him in any respect at this second in time.

“However to say he may play in a again 4 away at Brentford in opposition to Toney and Mbeumo – he bodily cannot compete with them.

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Manchester United supervisor Erik ten Hag says his gamers did not play with perception or duty within the defeat to Brentford

“I could not after I was taking part in as a centre-back after I was youthful, and I assumed I used to be a good centre-back who knew my place and knew the sport. However I could not do it as a result of Gary Pallister needed to hold coming over to swap with me.

“After I noticed him [Martinez] swapping with (Harry) Maguire within the first half on the lengthy throws, it jogged my memory of Pally who used to swap with me.

“In case you’re having to swap positions at centre-back to compensate for the opposite one it is simply not nice and that is what frequently occurred. They did goal him in that first half.”

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