Lisandro Martinez, like Bruno Fernandes, spent large parts of Manchester United’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea trying to wind up Graham Potter’s players.
Argentine centre-back was a standout player for the Red Devils that largely shutout any threat from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Raheem Sterling in the Chelsea attack. He also riled up Mason Mount throughout the game.
Erik ten Hag signed the defender from former club Ajax over the summer due to his ball-playing quality, versatility and understanding of the Dutch manager, and despite criticism in his early weeks, Martinez was a player Chelsea struggled to get past. His determined and wild energy on the pitch was evident throughout, also ending up in a tussle with Jorginho throughout the game as well.
After the equaliser he left a notable impact on Kepa, too. As the Chelsea keeper got up to complain about the defending that lead to Casemiro’s goal, Martinez ran in-front of him screaming in joy whilst the Chelsea heads looked around in disbelief. The 24-year-old bumped into Kepa in celebration as well before leaving to run off to the wild celebrations.
It was hard viewing for the Stamford Bridge faithful who had watched their own side go into rapturous scenes after Jorginho’s 87th minute penalty.
That goal ought to have been enough to see out a scrappy win for Graham Potter’s side but Casemiro was on-hand to spoil the party and share the points.