In Thursday’s thrilling 4-3 Premier League victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers, Manchester United’s defender Lisandro Martinez showcased an impressive performance, marking his first league start since September.

Throughout the game, the Argentine defender played a crucial role, particularly in the second half when Wolves intensified their efforts to stage a comeback.

Martinez’s contribution included a remarkable goal-line clearance that spared goalkeeper Andre Onana’s blushes, along with several key blocks to thwart Pedro Neto’s attempts in the box.

Additionally, he demonstrated defensive solidity with four clearances and two interceptions while displaying proficiency in distribution, completing an impressive 95% of his passes from 76 touches against Wolves.

However, Martinez was substituted in the 86th minute as a precautionary measure, with an ice pack applied to his left foot, signaling potential discomfort.

Despite Martinez’s absence in the closing stages, United’s defensive resilience wavered, though they ultimately secured victory, buoyed by numerous scoring opportunities throughout the match.

The Red Devils squandered several clear-cut chances in the opening half and struggled with subpar crossing in crucial situations, missing the chance to widen their lead.

A late sensational goal from Kobbie Mainoo sealed the three points for United, underscoring the importance of capitalizing on scoring opportunities.

With a crucial fixture against West Ham United looming, United must capitalize on this momentum to close the gap on the top four, currently trailing by eight points.

Following the West Ham clash, United faces Aston Villa away, marking a pivotal juncture in their campaign where consecutive victories could propel them into contention for a Champions League spot.

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