‘He struggled in his first two games’ – Garth Crooks claims Ten Hag is too reliant on this Man United star

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BBC pundit Garth Crooks believes Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is reliant on defender Lisandro Martinez to keep clean sheets in defense.

Martinez was named in the BBC Team of the Week following his performance in the goalless draw against Newcastle United on Sunday.

Crooks wrote: “Newcastle proved to be difficult opposition for Manchester United in a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, especially as the Red Devils played Omonia FC in the Europa League in midweek and the Cypriot side proved to be no pushovers either.”

He added: “One player Erik ten Hag seems to be relying on these days is Lisandro Martinez.

“He struggled in his first two games for United but so did the entire team. Since then one of the smallest centre-backs in the Premier League doesn’t just seem to be coming to terms with the physicality of the league but actively enjoying it.”