Recent developments surrounding Manchester United indicate a challenging period for the club. Mason Mount and Raphael Varane may make their return for the Red Devils in their upcoming fixture against Burnley at Turf Moor, as reported by the official Manchester United website. However, numerous injuries to players such as Amad Diallo, Tyrell Malacia, Luke Shaw, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Kobbie Mainoo, and Sofyan Amrabat will sideline them for the match. Furthermore, Jadon Sancho and Antony will also be unavailable, potentially leading to Facundo Pellestri starting on the right flank.
The Sun reports that tensions flared within the Manchester United squad following their 3-1 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion. Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominay reportedly had a confrontation, while defenders Victor Lindelof and Lisandro Martinez exchanged words after a disappointing collective performance against the Seagulls.
In light of Manchester United’s recent struggles, a Football Insider report suggests that the club might consider offloading midfielder Scott McTominay in the January transfer window to generate funds for squad reinvestment. Bayern Munich has reportedly shown interest in the Scottish midfielder following news of Fulham’s Joao Palhinha extending his contract.
Manchester United’s defensive woes were once again on display in their 4-3 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, underscoring the urgent need to address these recurring issues.
TalkSPORT pundit Gabby Agbonlahor expressed his frustration with Lisandro Martinez’s recent performances, stating that the Argentine defender must significantly improve his displays in the coming weeks. Agbonlahor criticized Martinez’s defensive lapses and noted that he has been “found out every game” this season. He emphasized the need for Martinez to raise his standards, especially considering his declining form compared to the previous season.
Martinez, who has featured in six matches across all competitions for Manchester United this season and provided one assist, currently holds an average match rating of 6.17 in the Premier League, as reported by WhoScored. These statistics highlight substantial room for improvement for the former Ajax defender.