The Manchester United squad have had an exhausting and emotionally-draining 2011-12 season, and for some a well-deserved break is in the offing after a rigorous campaign. However, with the big summer tournament just round the corner, a contingent of Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will have little rest before heading to Ukraine and Poland with their respective countries. The Betfair Euro 2012 odds could well be impacted by the performances and abilities of Red Devils personnel this summer – here’s who may well feature at the 2012 European Championships for United:
David de Gea – The United number one has been included in Vicente del Bosque’s squad for the international friendlies against Serbia and South Korea, and has a chance of being included in the final squad for Euro 2012. However, with Iker Casillas as captain, De Gea chances of gametime are very small.
Anders Lindegaard – The five-times capped stopper has been included in Denmark’s squad for the tournament, but similar to De Gea will need to oust the more experienced Thomas Sorensen to play.
Patrice Evra – The United full-back will be a key player for the French national side this summer, and will most likely face club team-mates in the opener against England. With Eric Abidal’s health issues, Evra will be up against Gael Clichy for a place in Laurent Blanc’s side.
Phil Jones – The former Blackburn man’s versatility could well be a factor for Roy Hodgson’s men this summer, and Jones will compete for a place in the centre and on the right flank of England’s defence.
Nani – Along with former United man Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani will be charged with helping Portugal out of the ‘Group of Death’ and be one of the Iberian nation’s most dangerous attackers.
Ashley Young – Young could well be a wild card for the Three Lions this summer, and is one of Roy Hodgson’s most incisive attackers. The former Aston Villa man could well start for England, on either flank
Wayne Rooney – England’s top forward Wayne Rooney is suspended for the first two games of the competition, but will look to return in the final group stage fixture against Ukraine to seal qualification.
Danny Welbeck – The home-grown forward has had a strong season at Old Trafford and was duly rewarded with a place in the England squad. With Rooney’s suspension Welbeck will hope to play, and may partner his club team-mate up front once both are available.