As International Football came back after a long break, a number of Reds represented their country. A total of 14 players were invited including new signing, Alex Telles. Here’s a run down of how all the United first team players called up for international duty fared;
U21 International Duty
Brandon Williams (England U21)
Williams was called up to England’s Under-21 squad for the first time. He made his debut as the game ended in a 3-3 draw against Andorra. The 20-year-old started at left-back and played the full 90 minutes of the European Championship qualifiers.
Senior International Duty
Eric Bailly (Ivory Coast)
In Western Africa, Eric Bailly played in both of Ivory Coast’s friendlies. Eric lasted for 70 minutes in a 1-1 draw against Belgium where he had a scar. Afterwards, Bailly clarified that it was only a muscle fatigue. After the scar, Bailly featured for the Ivorians for full 90 minutes of a 1-0 defeat to Japan.
Alex Telles (Brazil)
Alex Telles who’s yet to feature for United after a deadline day switch from Porto. Telles played a bit-part role as a substitute in both of Brazil’s World Cup qualifiers against Bolivia and Peru. Brazil beat Bolivia 5-0 and Peru 4-2.
Daniel James (Wales)
James was left on the bench by Ryan Giggs for the game against England. James then went on to start both Nations League fixtures against Ireland, a 0-0 draw, and Bulgaria, a 1-0 win.
Scott McTominay (Scotland)
Interestingly, Scott McTominay continued playing as a centre-back for Scotland, just as he previously during the September international break. The 23-year-old played all 120 minutes of the Euro 2020 qualifier against Israel. He then went on to play every minute in the back-to-back Nations League 1-0 wins over Slovakia and Czech Republic.
Victor Lindelof (Sweden)
Dropped by United against Spurs but still a starter for Sweden. Victor Lindelof was initially only an unused substitute for the friendly against Russia that kicked off the international break. Lindelof played the Nations League against Croatia and Portugal which ended with 2-1 and 3-0 defeats respectively.
Van De Beek (The Netherlands)
Donny van de Beek played 90 minutes in two of Netherlands’ three international fixtures and even scoring a crucial goal.
The midfielder started in a 1-0 friendly defeat against Mexico. He was an unused substitute for a 0-0 Nations League draw with Bosnia & Herzegovina. He returned to the lineup and netted in 1-1 draw with Italy.
David de Gea (Spain)
Kepa got the nod for the 0-0 friendly draw with Portugal. De Gea came in for the Nations League games against Switzerland and Ukraine. The former was a 1-0 win, the latter a 1-0 defeat.
Bruno Fernandes (Portugal)
Fernandes wasn’t involved in Portugal’s 0-0 friendly against Spain.
He was saved for the competitive Nations League games against France, another 0-0, and Sweden, a 3-0 win.
Martial and Pogba (France)
Martial was taken off at half time as France thrashed Ukraine 7-1 in a friendly. Appeared as a substitute for the 0-0 Nations League draw against Portugal. Martial lasted 63 minutes when he started the 2-1 win over Croatia.
Pogba played in all three games despite problems early this campaign. His only start came against Portugal, appearing off the bench in each of France’s other two games.
Maguire, Rashford & Henderson (England)
Harry Maguire had an international break to forget on his return to the England squad.
Maguire was on the bench when England beat Wales 3-0. He then played 90 minutes as the Three Lions beat Belgium 2-1 in the Nations League. His performance was a relief after a disappointing start this season.
A red card after half an hour against Denmark, the result of two avoidable yellows.
Marcus Rashford was also on the bench against Wales. Started the Belgium game and scored England’s equaliser from the penalty spot in the comeback win. Then was in the pitch for just over 70 minutes against Denmark.
Goalkeeper Dean Henderson was on the bench for all three games this month and is still awaiting his debut.