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Lisandro Martinez's height is NOT an issue against Erling Haaland, claims former Man United defender Paul Parker, as the undersized Dutchman prepares to halt Man City's unstoppable force

As the old saying goes, it’s not the size of the dog in the fight that matters, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. That gets trickier when the other dog is Erling Haaland.

Six-foot-four, nearly 14 stone, scores nearly every chance he gets. Bordering on the unstoppable.

Trying to stop him on Sunday is Manchester United centre-back Lisandro Martinez, seven inches shorter and more than a stone and a half lighter.

Erling Haaland hopes to keep up his goal scoring form against Manchester United on Sunday

For Paul Parker, the diminutive defender who won two Premier League titles with United, it’s wrong to write off Martinez because of his height.