Lukaku Brilliant Again, Pogba Stars For France
It was a brilliant night for Romelu Lukaku once again! Belgium had no problems to get past Scotland in Brussels and Manchester United striker has a lot to do with that. Lukaku scored a brace for his national team, one in each half. The first one was assisted by Eden Hazard, while the second came just before the hour. Kevin De Bruyne scored in the stoppage time to make it 3-0 and Belgium are now breezing through their qualifying group, with four wins in four matches.
Lukaku has now scored 48 goals for Belgium, further improving his own record, and has scored 25 goals in his last 23 appearances for the national team. All of them came in the last two years, and in that period no European player managed to score more than 15.
On the other hand, Paul Pogba also had a good night, although not as great as Lukaku. France had a tough night on Saturday, losing 2-0 to Turkey, but this time Andorra were the ideal opposition for world champions. Les Bleus won 4-0, with goals from Kyllian Mbappe, Wissam Ben Yeder and Florian Thauvin in the first half and Kurt Zouma after the break. Pogba played all 90 minutes, earning a yellow card in the process, but also creating two chances for his teammates.
Dan James On The Losing Side Again
Daniel James was not lucky enough to get a victory and after an away loss in Croatia on Saturday, a loss in Hungary will hurt Wales massively. It looks like Ryan Giggs is not doing great as their national team coach and Wales have only three points after three matches. In September things could change for them in a positive manner, but right now Slovakia, Croatia and Hungary all look better equipped for qualifying for Euro 2020.
James started as a lone forward in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Giggs probably hoping to use his speed on the counter. In the end, he ended up spending most of his time on the left flank and not really contributing in front of the goal. with one created chance and no shots made.
No Director Of Football
It looks like Manchester United will not be getting a new director of football or sporting director or anything like that. At least that is something the media have been mentioning today, most notably Daily Mail. And no wonder that is the case, as ever since the start of the last season it was obvious United need to find a solution in that regard, but no progress was made.
Media linked several former players with the post, including Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher and Gary Neville, but all of those rumours were short lived. It seems right now that Ed Woodward will continue overseeing transfers and if that is the case, then United could be in for another long season. We wrote numerous times how important for the club is to get that part of the hierarchy right, but after what we have seen last season between Woodward and Mourinho, it is hard to believe things will work out perfectly this time.