There were more Manchester United players in action on international duty and here is everything you need to know about it.
United Duo Starts For England
England is going through another easy and simple qualifying cycle and that was confirmed with a decent 2-0 win against Malta. It was far from a vintage performance from the Three Lions and Gareth Southgate’s side was far from thrilling the fans. Yet, the job was done and England kept on their strong record in a group which is not as easy, consisting of Italy, Ukraine and North Macedonia, three teams that did well at the last Euros.
In this particular match, both Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford featured in the starting lineup. Maguire was good and solid in defence alongside Marc Guehi and Fikayo Tomori, still showing why Southgate has so much faith in him. On the other hand, Rashford played for an hour before Cole Palmer replaced him and he did not have a particularly bright performance on the day.
Uruguay Stun Argentina
Uruguay appointed Marcelo Bielsa as their head coach this year and he is already doing historic things for them. They defeated Argentina 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier in the middle of Buenos Aires, beating world champions and Brazil in consecutive competitive matches. In fact, they have not beaten both of South America’s powerhouses in the same year in over 60 years, highlighting just how much Bielsa is able to get out of his teams.
Facundo Pellistri started for Uruguay on the right wing, with Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez up front. Man United winger did not get much of the ball, making just 24 touches in 88 minutes he had spent on the pitch. He did make Tagliafico and other Argentinians work to stop him, completing four dribbles in six attempts. Now Uruguay have three wins, a draw and a loss and with their upcoming match against Bolivia, they will be expected to get another three points, which could get them near the very top of the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.
Cameroon Beat Mauritius
We move on to Africa where Cameroon started their World Cup qualifiers in a convincing fashion. Cameroon defeated Mauritius 3-0 in their first qualifying match of the campaign, with Andre Onana featuring back in goal after reconciling with everyone in the national team and the national FA.
Onana actually did not play for the full 90 minutes, getting substituted after 81 minutes, when Ondoa replaced him. Cameroon scored their goals at the ends of both halves and are top of their group after the first set of matches. They are in group with Cape Verde, Libya, Angola, Mauritius and Eswatini, with the top team qualifying directly to the 2026 World Cup and the runners-up going to the play-offs.
Morroco’s Match Canceled
Another Man United player was supposed to be in action, with Morocco supposed to play Eritrea, but this African nation decided to opt out of qualifiers and not participate in them. There are reports of this being a political move, as the Eritrean FA is afraid the players would never return to the country if they were to leave it with the team, in search of a better life elsewhere. That is why Morocco will only play one match, against Tanzania on Tuesday.