Manchester United’s woes continue as Lisandro Martinez faces an extended spell on the sidelines due to a knee injury sustained during Sunday’s match.
Despite United’s convincing 3-0 victory over West Ham, with standout performances from Rasmus Hojlund and Alejandro Garnacho, Martinez’s injury casts a shadow over the triumph. The Argentine had only recently returned from a foot injury, impressing in his four appearances since his comeback.
However, Martinez’s setback leaves a void in the squad, prompting Erik ten Hag to seek alternatives for upcoming fixtures against formidable opponents like Aston Villa, Manchester City, and in the FA Cup fifth round.
One potential solution is deploying Luke Shaw in the left-centre-back role—a position he’s familiar with and has excelled in before. During the 2022/23 campaign, Shaw showcased his adaptability by impressing in this role, displaying adept passing and defensive prowess.
Ten Hag’s preference for a left-footed centre-back adept at building from the back aligns with Shaw’s capabilities. Moreover, Shaw’s physicality makes him well-suited to handle the rigors of Premier League battles against robust strikers.
As United navigates through Martinez’s absence, leveraging Shaw’s versatility could help mitigate the loss of the almost irreplaceable Argentine defender.