How Did Manchester United Players’ Teams Do In UEFA Nations League This Autumn?

The UEFA Nations League is over. Well, it is for now, because the final showdowns in all four of the divisions will conclude either in June 2019 when the Final Four will be held, or in March 2020, when the play-off tournaments will be held for the last four spots at the UEFA Euro 2020.

This means we could take a look at how the national sides of Man United’s players have done between September and November. Some of the players were key for their teams, some of the did not play constantly due to injury or form issues, but here is how they fared.

England To The Final Show

We have to talk about England. Again. After a brilliant summer and a World Cup semifinal, they continued making great results. This one came in Nations League’s Division A, where they had a tough group with Spain and World Cup runners-up, Croatia. Two wins and a draw from four matches were, in the end, enough for England to win the group and qualify for the Final Four tournament next June, which will be held in Portugal.

The three other teams will be Portugal, Switzerland and Netherlands, and Man United will certainly have players represented in Portugal. It is because Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford both had great impact on the way England played, not only by scoring goals, but also by being an integral part of this squad. England are now just two matches from winning the inaugural Nations League.

France, Belgium And Spain Staying Put

Man United players were part of another three sides in Division A of the Nations League and all three of those are going nowhere. By finishing second in their respective groups, France, Belgium and Spain are not going to the Final Four, but are not either getting relegated.

Well, world champions France were quite sure they were going to Portugal until Virgil Van Dijk’s late goal for Netherlands against Germany changed everything. Paul Pogba played a couple of matches for France, but did not take part in their November matches.

Belgium had a really good situation going for them ahead of their last match – in which Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku did not participate – as they had to face Switzerland. Early on, they even had a 2-0 lead, but somehow managed to lose 5-2 to the Swiss and miss out on the Finals tournament.

However, for Spain there was a Man United player constantly on the pitch. That was David De Gea, Spain’s number 1, but the Spaniards did not make it. Their 3-2 loss to Croatia meant there were very slim chances of them progressing and after England’s win on Sunday, that was confirmed. Spain had some very good and some not so good performances in this short cycle.

Sweden, Scotland And Serbia Promoted

But it was all good for Victor Lindelöf, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic. Scotland and Serbia qualified to Division B as group winners in their respective groups, while Sweden achieved the same thing in a division above them.

Lindelöf even scored on Tuesday night as Swedes got past Russia and took their place in Division A, while Nemanja Matic did not play against Lithuania after slight injury problems. McTominay once again had a small role, playing a few minutes in Scotland’s 3-2 win against Israel.

Plenty of positives for the Man United family around Europe.

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