Manchester United have shortest possible centre-back duo in Premier League

Manchester United could field the smallest possible centre-back partnership out of all 20 Premier League sides should they pair Lisandro Martinez with a fringe star.

Martinez stands as the smallest central defender in the division at 175cm (5ft 7in) – but has already proved his quality as United climbed off the foot of the table with a 2-1 win over Liverpool.

Although so far the Argentina has been paired with Harry Maguire (194cm – 6ft 3in) and Raphael Varane (191cm – 6ft 2in) – another partnership at the club would give United the shortest back two possible in the league.

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Martinez alongside Axel Tuanzebe (185cm – 6ft) would give a total height of 360cm – which is a long way off the tallest possible partnership of Sven Botman and Dan Burn at Newcastle.

With Botman standing at 195cm (6ft 3in) and the joint tallest player in the league Burn at 201cm (6ft 6in), their combined 396cm would be much harder to beat in the air.

The study, completed by, uses analysis from all players who have featured in a 2022/23 Premier League matchday squad so far from Transfermarkt.

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With Everton coming in the tallest at 185.11cm (6ft), United are 13th with an average of 182cm (5ft 9in) with Arsenal bottom at just 181.12cm.

Erik ten Hag was desperate to reunite with the defender following their time working together at Ajax and got his wish following an initial fee in the region of £47million.

Following a tricky start to life at 0ld Trafford, Martinez was hailed for his performance in their shock win over rivals Liverpool which included a goal-line clearance from a mishit clearance from Bruno Fernandes.

Ten Hag when asked about potential concerns over the height of the 24-year-old: "I think he’s not the tallest but he is quite good in the air.

"I feel comfortable with that. Of course, you need the right balance.

"He has good timing, that’s one of his capabilities. I think the players who are there, we have the perspective immediately to contribute and also Martinez. We bring him in to not strengthen the squad, but the team."


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