The international break has ended, as the matches in UEFA Nations League came to an end. Monday matches did not bring too many Manchester United players on the pitch, but Tuesday did. The final set of matches has finished, with France meeting Germany in the most interesting one, but United players were in action at three different continents.
Paul Pogba vs Germany
Paul Pogba played full 90 minutes in France’s 2-1 win against Germany. With seven points after three matches, France are now close to reaching the final four tournament in June 2019, while the Germans are really close to getting relegated to Division B. It was a match of two halves.
Germany started well and had a 1-0 lead at half-time, but a brace from Antoine Griezmann was enough to conclude the turnaround. Pogba played as a more shackled defensive midfielder, operating from deep areas in Deschamps 4-2-3-1 formation.
Romelu Lukaku vs Netherlands
It was an interesting friendly match in Brussels. Two great rivals and nations that co-hosted Euro 2000 played a good game in a 1-1 draw. Expectedly, Romelu Lukaku was in Belgium’s starting XI, as Roberto Martinez opted once again for a 3-4-3 formation.
However, Lukaku did not score this time. The match itself was quite open, with each team making 14 shots, but Lukaku did not manage to get past the Dutch goalkeeper, but he did play all 90 minutes.
Eric Bailly vs Central African Republic
One of the matches that were not friendlies was that of Ivory Coast. The African side travelled to Central African Republic in a match that was supposed to propel them towards the African Cup of Nations, which will be held in 2019. However, Ivory Coast did not manage to score in this match, so a 0-0 draw was the most they could salvage.
Eric Bailly played all 90 minutes in another good defensive performance from his team, as Ivory Coast kept another clean-sheet. With their first draw in their qualifying group, Ivory Coast are still in a good situation before the final two matches that await them in November. Guinea are first with 10 points, Ivory Coast have 7, while Central African Republic trails three points. Rwanda, in the last place, have only one point so far.
Sergio Romero vs Brazil
It was not a bad performance from Man United’s very own Sergio Romero, but that was not enough for Argentina to stay unbeaten against their great rivals. The match was, funnily enough, played in Saudi Arabia and Brazil managed to get a 1-0 win against Albiceleste.
Romero was doing well all the way until the 93rd minute, when Neymar’s cross found Miranda and the Brazilian defender scored a late winner. It was not a really great match indeed, as the two teams had just four shots on target overall, but Argentina did show some level of defensive solidity.
Fred vs Argentina
Unfortunately, Fred did not enter the pitch and stayed on the bench throughout.
Victor Lindelöf vs Slovakia
Victor Lindelöf was rested in the friendly match against Slovakia, after playing full 90 minutes in the previous match Sweden had played.