With EURO 2020 now in full swing, and every team having played their first two rounds of fixtures, it’s time to see how the Manchester United players have done in the tournament.
Twelve of the club’s players were handed the call up for their country, but with Donny Van De Beek dropping out before the tournament began, eleven remain.
Even then, the Red Devils are well represented in the competition and there is a good chance that one or more of them could actually end up winning it.
That is for the future though. For now, let’s focus on the present and how the players performed on Matchday 1.
Manchester United players on Matchday 1
Daniel James – The winger looked good against Switzerland down the left-hand side, using his immense pace to hit them on the counter. His constant running troubled the opposition throughout the game. B
Dylan Levitt – Did not play.
Dean Henderson – Did not play. And is now out of the tournament due to an injury.
Harry Maguire – Did not play
Luke Shaw – Did not play
Marcus Rashford – He came on for Phil Foden after 71 minutes and proved to be effective down the left-hand side. He moved up to striker when Harry Kane came off and had a chance to put the game beyond doubt, but his effort was saved by the Croatian goalkeeper, Dominik Livakovic. C+
Scott McTominay – McTominay did not have a good game in his EURO 2020 debut. Despite a compact 3-man Scottish midfield, Czech Republic had a host of chances and came out with a 2-0 win. C
David De Gea – Did not play
Victor Lindelof – Lindelof had a tough task against Spain, but organised the defence well and held firm. He also contributed in attack with his long throw ins. His hard work in defence was rewarded with a goalless draw and he earned himself the man of the match award. A
Paul Pogba – The midfielder looked absolutely fantastic against Germany. His partnership with Kante is blossoming and France look like the favourites for the tournament. A+
Bruno Fernandes – Manchester United’s talisman performed well in Portugal’s 3-0 win over Hungary. He was the focal point of the midfield, picking out Ronaldo on numerous occasions and was unlucky not to grab an assist. B+