Manchester United players predominantly enjoyed a strong international break with their respective countries but some struggled to make an impact. Express Sport takes a look at United’s winners and losers from the past week.
Diogo Dalot – Winner
This time last year, Dalot’s days at Old Trafford appeared to be numbered and he was not in favour with Portugal either. Fast forward 12 months and the 23-year-old is now an established starter under Erik ten Hag and carried that form into the international break with a stellar performance against the Czech Republic on Saturday with two goals.
Tyrell Malacia – Winner
He didn’t play many minutes for the Netherlands in games against Poland and Belgium, but was given a new role more centrally against the latter. Potentially a new option for Erik ten Hag to explore if needed at some point this season as he impressed in a back three.
Harry Maguire – Loser
The international break was a chance for Harry Maguire to show his worth and find some much-needed form but he struggled in both games for England against Italy and Germany. He gave away a penalty in the latter match and now faces serious questions on whether he will start for England in the World Cup.
Raphael Varane – Winner
United have won every match Raphael Varane has started this season and that trend continued with France. He was imperious at the back for France in their 2-0 win over Austria before being completely rested in the defeat to Denmark.
Casemiro – Winner
Ten Hag has been tentative to start his summer signing so far in the league with some concerns over his match fitness. But he started in both of Brazil’s wins over Ghana and Tunisia, providing a beautiful assist for Raphinha in the latter game.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Loser
Portugal were playing for a place in the Nations League semi-finals against Spain and Ronaldo had several chances to get on the scoresheet for his country. But, much like his form for United so far this season, the 37-year-old was off the mark. He’s unlikely to have won over Erik ten Hag for a starting spot against City.
Bruno Fernandes – Winner
Fernandes was everywhere for Portugal in the game against Spain and was their most active player by far. But it was his performance against the Czech Republic that will most please Ten Hag after grabbing a goal and an assist.
Fred – Winner
He may not be a regular starter for Ten Hag at the moment, but keeping Fabinho out of the starting line-up with Brazil certainly gives Fred some pedigree on the international stage. He impressed alongside Casemiro against Tunisia and will be hoping it’s the start of more minutes at United.
Anthony Elanga – Loser
Elanga appears on the cusp of great things at United but the 20-year-old still has some way to go to make an impact on the international stage. He came off the bench in both of Sweden’s games against Serbia and Slovenia and struggled to impress.
Christian Eriksen – Winner
Eriksen is well and truly back in the fold at Denmark now and scored a screamer in the defeat to Croatia while impressing for the full 90 minutes in the win over France.
Scott McTominay – Winner
A suspension meant he missed Scotland’s decider against Ukraine on Tuesday, but McTominay was superb for his country in the two previous matches to help get his country to where they were. Scotland have now earned promotion to Nations League Group A and McTominay’s role in that cannot be understated.
Victor Lindelof – Loser
Much like his United centre-back partner Maguire, Lindelof is still favoured on international duty but he too struggled for form in both of Sweden’s games. Conceding four in the defeat to Serbia does not bode well for Lindelof’s chances in breaking back into the United XI.
Luke Shaw – Winner
A surprise starter in the game against Germany, Luke Shaw showed exactly what he can do on the big stage with his forward-thinking runs as well as a neatly taken goal to round off his performance. Malacia may still be the first-choice but Ten Hag will have liked what he saw from the England international.
Lisandro Martinez – Winner
Ten Hag will be delighted that Lisandro Martinez played just 10 minutes in Argentina’s friendly against Jamaica late on Tuesday evening. But the 24-year-old did play the full 90 minutes against Honduras and was dominant at the back.
Antony – Loser
United’s big-money signing this past summer has plenty of room to grow but his chances of making Brazil’s World Cup squad look slim at the moment. The 22-year-old started neither games against Ghana or Tunisia and was ineffective off the bench.