Manchester United Players on International Duties (Thursday)
Manchester United will have up to 16 players possibly take part in International matches this week. The break is good for some players to get rest and some to get key minutes in search of form and fitness.
The Players on Duty
Dean Henderson, Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Jesse Lingard (loan) were all called up by Gareth Southgate for England. Dylan Levitt and Daniel James were called up for Wales, Scotland called up Scott McTominay. Donny van de Beek was called up by the Netherlands and Victor Lindelof by Sweden. Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial were called up by the French and David De Gea by Spain to round off Europe. Amad Diallo and Eric Bailly were also selected by the Ivory Coast squad.
How Did They Do?
The English players: All current Manchester United players for England were not in the starting XI against San Marino. Not that much of a surprise after the FA Cup game on Sunday against Leicester City, there could be good communication between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Gareth Southgate. It was probably good for Manchester United in the long run that nobody participated in this game against San Marino.
Victor Lindelof: Lindelof was named in the starting XI against Georgia for Sweden. Not the most convincing win for the Swedes but they kept a clean sheet and Lindelof put in another solid performance at center back, 1-0.
David de Gea: Did not take part in the game against Greece. Bilbao keeper Unai Simon was picked ahead of him.
Scott McTominay: Named to the starting XI in one of the better matches of the day against a solid Austria side. Scotland utilized sort of a back five with Andy Robertson and Kieran Tierney operating in a double full back system. This left McTominay and John McGinn on their own in the middle with Stuart Armstrong operating freely in front of them, McTominay playing the six role. At times early Austria flooded the middle of the field and got some good chances because of it. McTominay had a decent run in the 29th minute where he out muscled an Austrian and played a good short pass but the outside the box shot that followed was not taken well. McTominay grew in confidence as the game went on passing the ball nicely when Scotland had possession. He played well throughout the match and Scotland deserved the 2-2 draw.