Manchester United are on international duty for some time now and the matches on Thursday and Friday have been played. Some of the Devils are still recuperating from their injuries – we are looking at Dubai, Pogba – and some of them are still at Carrington, training with the rest of the team. But some of them are in international action and have been busy so far.
Let’s see how they have been doing.
England Lose In Czech Republic
As half dozen newspapers already pointed out with their usual puns, this was a reality Czech for England. The hosts won 2-1 in Prague after coming from behind, following Harry Kane’s early opener from the spot. Two Man United players were in action, as Harry Maguire started and played the whole match, while Marcus Rashford came on after 73 minutes to replace Jadon Sancho.
While Rashford did not do much to make him stand out in any way, Maguire was part of a defence that did not really play as well as it used to. They allowed 17 shots, 12 from the inside of the box and eight of those 17 were going on target. There were some good chances that Czech Republic missed, but also some nice shots from distance.
This will be a night to forget for all England players, including United’s duo. England now have 12 points after five matches, while Czech Republic have the same amount of points, but they have played once more than the Three Lions. These two sides are primed to qualify for Euro 2020.
Wales Stuck In Slovakia
While England played in Czechia, Wales played in Slovakia. Quite fittingly, they did not win either in the match they played on Thursday night. It was not ideal for Wales, as they had a 1-0 lead, but then had to be satisfied with a 1-1 draw that sees them further away from the second place in their group.
Daniel James played the whole match for Ryan Giggs’ side, but was unable to help his team get a win and he even got booked deep into the stoppage time. Wales got the lead Kieffer Moore, but Juraj Kucka scored in the second half to set the final score.
Wales are now six points from the top spot, but if they beat Azerbaijan in that game in hand they have, they will get level on points with Slovakia in second place.
Former Devils Enjoy Their Time
Well, there have not been many United players in action, but what about those that used to play for the Red Devils? Most of them had some great time, as we have seen in Belgium and the Netherlands. Belgium won 9-0 against San Marino to become the first national team to qualify for Euro 2020, with as many as three games to spare! Romelu Lukaku scored a brace to improve his goalscoring record for Belgium.
On the other hand, the Netherlands had a lot of troubles to beat Northern Ireland, as they were losing until the 80th minute. That was when Memphis Depay decided to change everything. He scored the first goal, then assisted the second and then scored again, to secure a 3-1 victory. And all of that in less than 15 minutes.