According to Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag, defender Lisandro Martinez’s injury during the Europa League quarter-final match with Sevilla “doesn’t seem very good”. Martinez was helped off the field after United had already used all five substitutes, leaving the team with only 10 men.
This occurred when they were leading 2-1. Unfortunately, United conceded a 92nd-minute equalizer and is now likely to be without Martinez for the return leg on Thursday.
Ten Hag stated that it was not an Achilles tendon injury after the game.
“There was no opponent involved,” said Ten Hag. “We’ll have to wait and see.”
Following an injury during the Europa League quarter-final with Sevilla, Lisandro Martinez, who joined Manchester United from Ajax last July for up to £57m, appeared visibly upset when he was helped off the pitch in the 86th minute.
The Argentine World Cup winner was assisted by Sevilla’s Gonzalo Montiel and Marcos Acuna, who are also from Argentina, and then carried away on a stretcher for treatment.
“Let’s hope it’s not so bad, but the fact that he was stretchered away from the technical area and he was in tears, it’s difficult to say what’s happened but he was holding on to his ankle,” said former Manchester United keeper Peter Schmeichel, who was at Old Trafford for BBC Radio 5 Live.
Schmeichel criticised his former club’s “lack of leadership” as Martinez lay injured.
The five-time Manchester United Premier League winner was unimpressed home players allowed Martinez to be helped off the pitch by Sevilla’s Montiel and Acuna.
“It looks like the Sevilla players are nice carrying him off the pitch. No, they wanted him out so they could get going,” said Schmeichel, who was at Old Trafford for BBC Radio 5 Live.
“By carrying him off, it didn’t stop their momentum, Manchester United used their five subs so they knew he wouldn’t come back.
“It didn’t give the manager or the players the opportunity to have a conversation. United’s players should have stopped that, leave him on the pitch, let them [the physios] come on and carry him out and in that period, you regroup.
“This is something the players need to do, that’s a lack of leadership on the pitch. Harry Maguire should have managed that situation. When the manager sees that his player is carried off by two opposition players, he should have stopped that.”