International Player Watch: How Are Manchester United Boy’s Performance?

HArry Maguire celebrates with his England teammates after scoring

It is the International Break. That means that for us Manchester United fans, there is a week off of anything happening at club level. With that in mind, Manchester United players cannot just switch off as they fly out and look to put in a good international performance. I am Millsy’s View for The United Devils and this is the International Player Watch where I ask how are Manchester United’s boys doing?

Harry Maguire’s Performance

Captain Harry Maguire continued his return to form for England this week. He opened the scoring against the Republic of Ireland and helped the team to a clean sheet. This carried on from his excellent performance against Everton last week and hopefully will push him onto even better things against Belgium and Iceland.

Harry Maguire celebrates scoring for England during international performance
Harry Maguire celebrates with possible future teammate Jadon Sancho after scoring for England. Source: The Guardian

Dean Henderson’s Performance

Dean Henderson was also part of the England team that won on the weekend. He was brought on at half time to also earn a clean sheet for the national side on his debut. With Jordan Pickford out of form, perhaps Gareth Southgate might like to keep Hendo in the setup for those upcoming games.

Scott McTominay’s Performance

Scott McTominay had an absolute barnstormer of a game for Scotland for about 89 minutes. Unfortunately, he then gave away a corner and lost his man at the subsequent corner which allowed Serbia to equalise in their Euro 2020 playoff final. Following 120 minutes of action, the whole team looked dead on their feet. McTominay, however, redeemed himself in the penalty shootout as he coolly placed his shot into the bottom left corner and help Scotland qualify for their first major tournament in over 20 years.

Donny Van de Beek’s Performance

Donny Van de Beek is another who has started the international break with a bang. He scored the equaliser for the Netherlands against Spain to earn them a 1-1 draw. Maybe this will send Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a message as to what he can expect from the young Dutchman. Or, perhaps if Spain had had de Gea in goal then maybe this might not have happened…?

Van de Beek volley earns Netherlands draw against Spain during international performance - Eurosport
Donny Van de Beek was clearly overjoyed to score for his national side

Paul Pogba’s Performance

Paul Pogba endured a torrid time for the France national team. They lost to Finland for the first time in their history, losing 2-0 at home. Pogba was hauled off after 57 minutes, meaning he may also not be so “happy to be play for the France team” as Didier Deschamps might believe. He will next be coming up against teammate Bruno Fernandes’ Portugal. It will certainly be an interesting game to see them face off against each other.

Paul Pogba looks downtrodden whilst playing for France during international performance
Paul Pogba came in for criticism of his performance against Finland

Anthony Martial’s Performance

Anthony Martial was another player to be a part of that aforementioned humiliating defeat. He was brought on in the 57th minute for Olivier Giroud but couldn’t find the net to help his team.

Edinson Cavani’s Performance

Edinson Cavani is another one like Maguire who carried on his Manchester United form with a good international performance. He scored a scintillating finish against Colombia after 5 minutes. This helped Uruguay to stay in contention to go to the next World Cup in Qatar. Hopefully, scoring these two goals in his last two could set his Manchester United career alight.

Alex Telles’ Performance

Alex Telles was brought on in the 96th minute to help Brazil close out a 1-0 win against Venezuela. That was his 3rd cap of 2020 and 4th overall for the national team.

Daniel James’ Performance

Daniel James was brought on in the 62nd minute for Wales. Unfortunately, he couldn’t help make the breakthrough during Ryan Giggs’ absence as the team drew 0-0 to the USA. Wales finish off their Nations League group with matches against the Republic of Ireland and Finland, so perhaps he can ask his teammates what to expect!

Author: Nicholas Mills

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