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Man Utd told they need to have signed Conor Coady as Lisandro Martinez deal labelled ‘lazy’ | Football | Sport


Paul Merson is adamant Manchester United must have ignored Conor Coady’s Liverpool connections like Everton and signed the England international defender. The straight-talking pundit has questioned the ‘lazy’ £57million acquisition of Lisandro Martinez after the Argentine was bullied within the 4-0 defeat to Brentford – claiming the Premier League is a complete different ball game to the Eredivisie.

It has been a baptism of fireside up to now for the previous Ajax central defender with Erik ten Hag expected to wield the axe on current centre-back partner and captain Harry Maguire for the visit of Liverpool.

Merson wrote in his Every day Star Column: “I do consider Ten Hag must have made more signings by now but I believed the signing of Lisandro Martinez was lazy, he doesn’t know the league and also you’re buying a 5ft 9in centre-half.

“You possibly can’t get away from the very fact Dutch football is a very different world to the Premier League.

“We have seen Sebastien Haller go over to the Eredivisie and rip it up. We have seen a run-of-the-mill Dusan Tadic – a half-decent player but no one really wanted him – go to Holland and turn out to be the most effective player within the country.

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“That is what United are doing for the time being. They drop Harry Maguire, play Raphael Varane, then he gets dropped for Victor Lindelof and so they still keep getting smashed.

“Coady is a global player that may play in the midst of the three. He’s a talker, that is why he’s within the England squad because he’s an organiser within the dressing room and he isn’t scared.

“People will say ‘ah but he played for Liverpool’ – so what? Recover from it. He’ll give 100 per cent to win football matches while improving those around him.

“In the meanwhile they’re all only taking care of themselves at Old Trafford.”

Merson states that he called Maguire’s struggles before they happened when the centre-back sealed his world-record £80m move to Old Trafford in 2019.

He said: “Man United bought Harry Maguire for £80million and I said it three years ago what would occur.

“Leicester defended their box, there was no space behind and he could head the ball clear. Now he’s on the halfway line being spun.

“Aaron Wan-Bissaka, I also said to a tee. He’s an excellent defender, he can be unbelievable in a relegation team since the kid can defend.

“But you are a Man United player and you have got to give you the option to play along with your feet further up the pitch.

“If I’m seeing this, who’s doing the job? That is the issue, the managers all go but all of the people who herald these players get to remain.”

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