Lisandro Martinez return could be key to Manchester United silencing Barcelona’s first-leg danger man

February 23, 2023

The Man United defender was suspended for the first leg at Camp nou last week after picking up three bookings in the group stages..

Few in Barcelona last Thursday will have been as relieved as Tyrell Malacia to see Raphinha’s number come up with seven minutes left.

Raphinha himself certainly wasn’t happy, recoiling in disgust that was so clear even those in the heavens at Camp Nou could see it. The substitutes’ bench took a beating not long after with the Brazilian’s reaction so furious he was compelled – or forced – to apologise when speaking to the media after the final whistle.

Some might argue that reaction was fair enough, given he had just spent the previous 83 minutes tormenting United’s left-hand side. Those who watch Barcelona regularly agreed it was one of the 26-year-old’s best performances for the Blaugrana since joining from Leeds United in the summer, the cut inside and cross-shot that levelled the scores typical of an electric and precise performance.