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    Monday, 6 March 2023

    Martinez's behaviour in United's defeat "criminal" says Paul Scholes

    Paul Scholes has been left angered by Lisandro Martinez's defending against Liverpool

    Cody Gakpo, Lisandro Martinez

    Scholes accuses Manchester United centre-back Lisandro Martinez of blocking David de Gea's view before Liverpool's first goal on Sunday.

    Liverpool scored just one goal in the first period of play before going on to add six in the second-half as Jurgen Klopp's side recorded their biggest-ever scoreline win over their long-term rivals.

    Martinez had run across his six-yard line to try and block Gakpo's shot after the Dutch latched onto a perfectly-weighted pass from Andy Robertson but in doing so he blocked De Gea's view of the ball as Gakpo finished perfectly opening the scoreline for the Reds at Anfield.

    Former Man United multiple title-winning midfielder Paul Scholes labelled the Argentinian's defending as "criminal" insisting the defender's positioning as Gakpo struck the ball was all wrong believing it must have angered De Gea.

    "I certainly don’t think it helps De Gea,’ said Scholes at half-time as per the Metro.

    "I don’t think he’s quite in line at the point it’s kicked but David can also think the ball might hit him.

    "But when he [Gakpo] does hit it, he has gone right past him.

    "You see David’s reaction there towards Martinez, he doesn’t quite have a go at him, but I think he should do.

    "I think it happened a couple of times, once before with Robertson where he ended up clearing it off the line, he's going far too deep, he should be getting up the pitch, can he stop the shot or have an effect on the shot rather than get in the keeper’s way.

    "He needs to trust his goalkeeper. This is a top goalkeeper we’re talking about, do not get in his way. If anybody gets in the goalkeeper’s way it’s criminal."

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