First Team Internationals News NewsNow

Manchester United players on international duty – how have they done so far?

Sergio Romero

Almost gave away a cheap goal after parrying Edison Cavani’s drive in the second half but managed to secure another clean sheet for Argentina, making a couple of important stops late on.

Paul Pogba

Once again dominated proceedings in the middle as France swept aside the Netherlands with ease, romping to a 4-0 win in Paris. He was simply majestic on the ball throughout and Dick Advocaat’s men couldn’t find an answer.

Embed from Getty Images

Daley Blind

Spent most of the evening on the back foot as Antoine Griezmann and Kingsley Coman exploited the left hand side at will. Produced a neat performance on the ball but often struggled to keep up with the tempo set by the hosts.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah

The only Dutch player who can hold his head up high after what was a shambolic Netherlands performance: followed Layvin Kurzawa everywhere and made a series of important tackles in the second half. A superb debut.

Romelu Lukaku

Enjoyed the perfect confidence booster after drawing a blank against Leicester City with a true striker’s hat-trick against minnows Gibraltar, scoring a close range header, a tap in and a penalty as the home side claimed a 9-0 win.

Embed from Getty Images

Victor Lindelof

An evening the 23-year-old will want to forget. Bulgaria hadn’t beaten Sweden in over 50 years but their aerial assault in the first half, which only further exposed Lindelof’s lack of positional assurance, paid dividends and a lack of discipline throughout the entire back four allowed the home side to grab a winner late on.

Antonio Valencia

Featured in a more advanced role and displayed plenty of desire going forward, but ultimately spent most of the game in his own half as Brazil claimed a comfortable 2-0 win over Ecuador.

Marcus Rashford

Came on at half time with England somehow struggling to score against Malta and, once again, changed the game. His stats tell an emphatic story: 1 assist, 3 chances created, 7 successful dribbles, and 13 final third passes.

Embed from Getty Images

Phil Jones

Didn’t have much to do as England dominated the ball. Positioned himself well and looked comfortable playing through the lines.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

This was not the type of game Mkhitarayan has been accustomed to so far this season: the Armenian, with his side going down to ten men after 54 minutes, spent most of the game camped in his own half. Looked after the ball well but couldn’t generate much impetus as Romania, having missed a penalty, claimed an injury time winner.

Eric Bailly

Just like his defensive partner, the 23-year-old enjoyed a relatively trouble free evening as the Ivory Coast claimed a comfortable 3-0 win over Gabon. Solid in the air as usual.

Nemanja Matic

This was another stroll in the park for Matic, who took control of the game against Moldova, practically setting the tempo of the game himself. Played an instrumental role in Serbia’s second goal.

David de Gea

Made an astonishing instinctive save from Andrea Belotti in the first half and comfortably dealt with a series of late efforts from Italy. Never looked troubled.

Embed from Getty Images

Matteo Darmian

Looked decidedly solid on the ball and produced a couple of pin-point crosses from the right hand side but, not for the first time this season, fell prey to the sheer brilliance of Isco, who guided Spain to a dominant 3-0 win. Started to flag slightly towards the end.

Enjoy that? Give it a share!

By Kevin T

Kevin Thatcher is a freelance journalist who's work has featured in various national and international publications, including Mail Online & The Mirror. Kevin has been a Manchester United season ticket holder in South Stand for many years, and writes for RedMancunian to combine both his love for writing, and club.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.