EPL: Paul Scholes identifies one major area Martinez must improve


 

Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, believes defender Lisandro Martinez still needs to improve his one-vs-one defending.

Scholes said this after Man United’s Europa League 3-0 win over FC Sheriff on Thursday.

Martinez has been one of Man United’s standout performers so far this season.

The 24-year-old joined Man United from Ajax for £56.7 million in the summer.

Doubts have been raised over his ability to become a success at Old Trafford, mainly because of his height.

But the Argentina international has quickly formed a solid partnership with Raphael Varane at the heart of Erik ten Hag’s defence.

“Five foot nine seems quite tall to me! Yeah, I think opinion has changed on him,” Scholes told BT Sport.

“He’s very aggressive, he is very good at the starting attacks as well, really good on the ball – which he would have done at Ajax. They have a lot more possession at Ajax, of course, they will.

“I still don’t think he is the best one-vs-one defender. I think having Raphael Varane next to him has really helped to settle him.

“I think he has done well in the first period of his United career and he’s winning people over. United fans really like him already and hopefully, that will continue.”

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