Man Utd news: Lisandro Martinez booted by Gabriel Jesus in unseen off-ball incident | Football | Sport


Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus lashed out at Lisandro Martinez in the first half on Sunday’s fiercely-contested Premier League encounter at Old Trafford – with some fans on social media now questioning why the incident was not reviewed by VAR. The unseen footage, recorded in the 40th minute of proceedings as Manchester United led the Gunners 1-0, has now gone viral – although no formal review is anticipated to take place.

Summer signing Martinez has quickly fast-tracked his way to fan-favourite status at the Theatre of Dreams following his £57million transfer from Ajax earlier in the summer.

After a challenging start that saw United lose their opening two Premier League fixtures to Brighton and Brentford, Martinez was mocked for struggling to get to grips with the physicality of the English top-flight.

Yet he responded to being subbed at half-time versus Brentford with a resolute display in United’s crucial 2-1 victory over Liverpool – a performance that has provided a springboard and platform for Erik ten Hag’s troops.

Martinez impressed once again on Sunday to help nullify one of the league’s most in-form attackers in Jesus, who endured a difficult afternoon at Old Trafford.

A new clip shows from the fiery encounter shows the Brazilian kicking Martinez in the calf off the ball – purely out of frustration.

The Argentine is marking Jesus, who is crouched and feeling the back of his leg, from a dead ball and uses his limbs to feel his opponent.

Yet with Arsenal 1-0 down, the former Manchester City striker was not in the mood – kicking Martinez in the back of the leg.

Martinez, to his credit, stays on his feet and does not attempt to get Jesus into trouble.

Had VAR looked at the incident, Jesus may have potentially found himself in hot water and facing the prospect of disciplinary action.

The £45m arrival began to cause United problems in the first half in between the lines but Ten Hag’s new-look defence held firm despite Bukayo Saka’s second-half equaliser.

Gabriel Martinelli thought he’d opened the scoring when he finished excellently on his left foot after ghosting in on goal.

United soon upped their game though after taking the lead through new signing Antony. Marcus Rashford’s second-half brace was enough to earn them all three points as the Red Devils made it four wins on the spin.

Unfortunately for United, Martinez was forced off in the closing stages of the game when he collapsed to the turf after clearing the ball.

Reports in Argentina suggest the defender picked up a small adductor issue that is not thought to be serious.

Martinez was, however, subbed as a precaution and he is expected to miss this Thursday’s Europa League opener against Real Sociedad.

United return to Premier League action on Sunday when they travel to Crystal Palace (4:30pm).

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