Manchester United Players Slammed for Lack of Leadership After Sevilla Players Hauled Injured Martinez off Pitch

Manchester United Players Slammed for Lack of Leadership After Sevilla Players Hauled Injured Martinez off Pitch

Rene Otinga
updated at April 14, 2023 at 7:11 PM
  • Peter Schmeichel slammed Manchester United for letting two goals slip against Sevilla
  • The former United goalkeeper also claimed United players should have handled Lisandro Martinez’s situation themselves as he lamented on a lack of leadership
  • United will now go to Spain next week with the quarter-final tie finely poised at 2-2

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has come up with an interesting take on Lisandro Martinez’s injury incident.

The Red Devils were dealt a major blow as Martinez, who has been instrumental for United in defence since signing from Ajax incurred an injury

Erik Ten Hag had already been forced to cope with the sudden injury of Raphael Varane, who was replaced by Harry Maguire at halftime.

United were dealt a double blow as Martinez went down on the ground untouched in the 86th minute while holding the back of his ankle.

Interesting scenes ensued soon after as the defender was carried off the pitch by Sevilla duo Marcos Acuna and Gonzalo Montiel.

While it initially looked like a moment of class from the Sevilla players, one former Manchester United player begs to differ.

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According to former Manchester United goalkeeper, Peter Schmeichel, there was a lack of leadership from Red Devils players, who should have controlled not only the Martinez situation, but the game in general.

"It looks like Sevilla players are nice carrying him off the pitch. No, they wanted him out so they could get going. United players should have stopped that, that's a lack of leadership on the pitch. Harry Maguire should have managed that situation." Schmeichel said as quoted on @Unitedstand.
 “It’s 2-2 and as a Man Utd supporter, I’m really disappointed. This could and should have been a 5-0 win.”

How the game went

United took a first-half lead thanks to Marcel Sabitzer’s brace and looked to be on cruise control in the second half.

Sevilla somehow clawed back into the game thanks to two own goals, one from Tyrell Malacia and a late one from Harry Maguire.

Casemiro unimpressed by De Gea

Sports Brief also reported on an incident prior to the Manchester United-Sevilla clash that left him unimpressed.

The Brazilian seemed to have frowned at the site of his goalkeeper David De Gea hugging their rivals of the day Ivan Rakitic.

Photos of the incident have gone viral on social media, with fans coming up with varying reactions on the whole incident.


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Rene Otinga is a sports journalist with over eight years of working experience in digital media. Rene's experience includes working as a Copywriter at X News Kenya and