Carragher doubles down on Martinez criticism despite Man Utd star’s fine form

Jamie Carragher says he still doesn't fancy Lisandro Martinez in spite of the Manchester United defender's strong form of late.

During the latest episode of The Overlap Fan Debate, Gary Neville asked his Sky Sports colleague whether he'd changed his mind about Martinez after the Liverpool legend said he thought the Argentine was too small for the top flight after a shaky first couple of games.

"I think he's a good player [but] I wouldn't want a centre back who's 5ft 9in in my team," Carragher replied. "He's only had four games let's not be getting carried away."

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After being pushed a little, Carragher continued: "If Odegaard scores that open goal we'd be saying he made a mistake. For a defender to be 5ft 9in to play in the Premier League he's got to be a good player … I wouldn't want to play alongside someone who was a 5ft 9in centre back."

Carragher conceded that some of the world's greatest defenders had been reasonably short, such as Franco Baresi and Bobby Moore, though pointed out that those players were near faultless in almost all aspects of their game and insisted that Martinez needed to be "nine out of ten at everything" to make up for his stature.

"I didn't see Bobby Moore play but Baresi was lightening quick, amazing on the ball, he organised the whole defence and he was still 5ft 9in, 5ft 10in.

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"At times, if you are that height, you will get exposed as we saw [with Martinez] in the first two games."

Martinez joined United over the summer in a £55million move from Ajax and has been an ever-present in Erik ten Hag's side so far this season. He's formed a solid partnership with Raphael Varane after being unsuccessfully paired with Harry Maguire in United's two opening matches, both of which ended in defeat.

Following their 3-1 win over Arsenal, United have won four games on the trot to claw themselves back from the brink of destruction and to within three points of the top of the table.

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