Pundit accuses Manchester United’s Lisandro Martinez of having hero complex

Peter Schmeichel criticized Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez, accusing him of having a hero complex

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel criticized Lisandro Martinez, a United defender, for attempting to be a hero during the Brighton and Hove Albion game.

United endured a humiliating 1-3 defeat against Brighton at Old Trafford as the Premier League resumed after the international break.

The Red Devils’ abysmal defending has sparked significant concern among the club’s fans and associated pundits.

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Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez was criticized for “trying to be a hero” by Peter Schmeichel. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Schmeichel condemned the individual errors that contributed to the loss, stating (h/t Metro):

“Players, for instance, Martinez here, are trying to be a hero and get in and block. People know this. If we look at him there, he puts himself in a position directly in line of the goalkeeper. He should be closing down rather of just stood up trying to block. If you want to block, don’t turn your body, stand tall. Clearly things aren’t right for Manchester United.”

United have conceded ten goals in their first five Premier League games this season. They currently sit in 13th place and could drop further before matchday five concludes.

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Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez misjudged the block which gave Pascal Groß the opportunity to score. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Martinez committed a diving tackle in front of Pascal Groß, incorrectly assuming the Brighton player would take a quick shot. Groß capitalized on Martinez’s misjudgment, scoring Brighton’s second goal.

United’s defensive weaknesses have played a significant role in their three losses this season. Whether they concede due to individual errors or team lapses, United cannot afford to let this continue.

The English giants will travel to Munich to face German powerhouse Bayern Munich in the opening fixture of the Champions League.

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Red Devils fans are hoping for a fortified defence soon, as the famous saying goes, “Offense wins games, but defence wins titles.”