Brighton Star Embarrasses Lisandro Martinez With Silky Move, Recreates Salah Moment

Brighton Star Embarrasses Lisandro Martinez With Silky Move, Recreates Salah Moment

Martin Moses
September 18, 2023 at 6:38 AM
  • Lisandro Martinez was left for dead by Pascal Gross as Brighton thumped Manchester United on September 16
  • Martinez has been one of Erik ten Hag's better performers despite his mixed time in England
  • Earlier this year, Mohamed Salah did a similar trick in their huge 7-0 win at Anfield

They call him the Butcher. The Carnicero. When he joined Manchester United from Ajax last summer, many questioned whether he would cope up with the tenacity of the Premier League due to his height.

For a centre-back, 'enough' height is always vital to help you compete in aerial duels or win the first and second balls. But here was Lisandro Martinez, standing at 1.75m, looking to go toe to toe with unforgiving strikers in what is considered the world's toughest league.

Lisandro Martinez, Mohamed Salah, Brighton, Pascal Gross
Manchester United defender, Lisandro Martinez. Photo by Michael Regan.
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He has had his good days. In fact, I dare go out on a limb and say he has been the best Erik ten Hag signing for Manchester United. The Argentine made pundits like Jamie Carragher eat their words when it became apparent that height, as much as it was important in a defender, wasn't a must-have tool.

But to his detriment, his off days in a Manchester United shirt have made greater and better(depending on who you support) headlines in recent months.

Lisandro Martinez vs Mohamed Salah

Martinez first came into contact with the full wrath of a packed Anfield Stadium and a Mohamed Salah in the mood on March 5. What wasn't supposed to happen that day happened. The Red Devils shipped in not one, not two, not three but seven of the best against a rampant Jurgen Klopp side.

But apart from the scoreline, the other highlight, as Sports Brief reported, was Salah leaving Martinez for dead to set up Gakpo's second goal and Liverpool's third goal.

Liverpool sprung a counterattack with Salah coming up one-on-one against Martinez. Salah, however, turned him inside out before setting up Gakpo, who chipped the ball over David de Gea, who was quickly closing him down.

The moment provided material for memes, a scene that is most likely to be replicated following the 25-year-old's recent gaffe.

Pascal Gross recreates Salah moment

Against Brighton and Hove Albion, Pascal Gross dummied Martinez before shooting past Andre Onana for their third goal of the afternoon.

The former Ajax star was left in no man's land after Gross' deft skill left him dazed like the whole squad was the entire afternoon at Old Trafford.

It might be an isolated incident inside Manchester United's catastrophic start to the season, but it is such moments that hurt player's confidence. And with a Champions League tie against Bayern Munich coming up, one can't help but wonder if Martinez will continue blessing our timelines.

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