A couple of Man United players were on international duty over the weekend including Paul Pogba, David de Gea and Bruno Fernandes.
14 Manchester United players were called up to represent their countries in both competitive and friendly matches. However, this report covers Saturday and Sunday actions.
It is obvious that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men have endured mixed performances this season but the majority of the players who left for national duty, impressed, most notably, de Gea, Pogba, Fernandes, Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford.
David de Gea kept a clean sheet as Spain fetched out a hard-earned 1-0 win over Switzerland on Saturday whilst new signing Alex Telles helped Brazil crush Bolivia 5-0 in the World Cup qualifiers.
On Sunday, Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire started for England and helped the Three Lions came from behind to beat Belgium 2-1. Rashford scored the equaliser in the 39th minute before Mason Mount scored the match-winning goal midway through the second half. Man United skipper, Maguire, was impressive against Belgium —an encouraging sign for Solskjaer. Dean Henderson was an unused substitute as he is England’s third-choice goalie.
Elsewhere, Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba locked horns in France but the tie ended in a dead heat. Both midfielders started for their respective countries and both Man United midfielders were decent. Pogba played 90 mins and his performance is said to be his best since the start of the season while Fernandes was replaced in the 80th minute. Anthony Martial came off the bench in the 74th minute to join the fun.
Victor Lindelof’s Sweden succumbed to a frustrating 2-1 defeat to Croatia while Donny Van de Beek was an unused substitute during Netherlands’ goalless draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Scott McTominay played as a right-centre-back in order to help Scotland edge out with a 1-0 win over Slovakia. Daniel James started for Wales whilst Dylan Levitt, who is out of loan, started from the bench during Sunday’s goalless draw against Ireland.