With two massive continental tournaments either underway or just around the corner, let’s take a look at all Manchester United players expected to perform on the international stage this summer.
There will be a significant Old Trafford contingent playing at the postponed Euro 2020, while two of the club’s standout names are expected to play their part in Copa America 2021.
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Dean Henderson has made the final cut despite taking David de Gea’s place in Manchester United’s starting line-up in April.
However, the 24-year-old is expected to play understudy to Everton’s Jordan Pickford, who returns to the national team after skipping the last international break due to injury.
Luke Shaw’s impressive season at Old Trafford has earned him a place in Gareth Southgate’s team, though he will have to fight Chelsea’s Ben Chilwell for a place in the starting XI.
The former Southampton man enjoyed his best campaign at United since joining the club in 2014, but his Chelsea counterpart is likely to be Southgate’s preferred option.
Though he seems unlikely to be fit in time for England’s Euro 2020 opener against Croatia, Harry Maguire will be one of the key members of the Three Lions as the tournament progresses.
The most expensive defender in football history has gone from strength to strength since the calendar flipped to 2021 and should be a regular starter as soon as he recovers his full fitness.
After being a marginal figure at Euro 2016, Marcus Rashford has matured into one of the country’s headline performers and will be Harry Kane’s most trusted ally in the attacking third.
Comfortable playing multiple positions in the front line, the 23-year-old should nail the left-winger’s position as his own following a jaw-dropping season at the Theatre of Dreams.
Southgate’s star-studded team remains one of the top candidates to lift the long-awaited European Championship crown, with only a handful of sides able to match the Three Lions’ potential.
A formidable midfielder partnership between Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba played a pivotal role in France’s imperious World Cup run in Russia three years ago.
The all-star duo will be Didier Deschamps’ favourable midfield tandem as Les Blues look to win their first Euro since the triumphant 2000 campaign.
Given the quality of the squad, the current World Cup titleholders are the main favourites to win the prize this summer.
A man that has almost single-handedly transformed United into a force to be reckoned with will be one of Portugal’s primary sources of attacking threat this summer.
Bruno Fernandes is probably one of Europe’s finest playmakers at the moment and definitely one of the most productive players in the Premier League.
With reigning European champions, Portugal, facing the likes of Germany, France and Hungary in a ‘Group of Death,’ the ex-Sporting Lisbon star will need to be at his best if the Selecao are to make it out of the group stage.
Fernando Santos, who is looking to become the first coach to win back-to-back European Championships, has one of the strongest rosters at his disposal.
David de Gea should be Luis Enrique’s first-choice goalkeeper for Spain at Euro 2020, even though he has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford.
Widely regarded as one of the best keepers of his generation, the 30-year-old is likely to take his place between the sticks as Spain look to defy the odds and reclaim European glory.
Victor Lindelof excelled at United in the second half of the 2020/21 campaign and is likely to be Sweden’s defensive mainstay at the final tournament.
With the nation’s iconic player Zlatan Ibrahimovic withdrawing himself from the national team due to injury, Sweden’s hopes of making an important result at the European Championship have dwindled.
Scott McTominay’s remarkable showings under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have earned him the status of a permanent first-team fixture in the national team.
Scotland’s first appearance at a major tournament in the 21st century pits them against England, the Czech Republic and Croatia in a competitive Group D.
Qualifying for the knock-out phase would be a massive success for the Tartan Terriers, considering the quality of the opposition in their section.
Daniel James remains a significant part of the national team’s set-up despite his inability to secure regular first-team action at United.
The pacey winger has been an omnipresent figure for Wales over the past 12 months and is likely to team up with Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey in Rob Page’s attacking line-up.
After exceeding all expectations at Euro 2016, the Dragons are aiming to impress on the big stage again despite a topsy-turvy Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.
Edinson Cavani has proved all doubters wrong in his first season in the Premier League, showing that the class is permanent.
Alongside his long-term national team partner Luis Suarez, the veteran striker will be one of Uruguay’s main attacking threats this summer as they hope to win Copa America for the first time since 2011.
La Celeste failed to go past the quarter-finals in their last three appearances at the final tournament. But Oscar Tabarez remains confident of leading his side to a continental glory this time around.
Fred has surpassed Nemanja Matic and Van de Beek in the pecking order to become one of Solskjaer’s first-team regulars at the Theatre of Dreams.
However, the 28-year-old midfielder barely stands a chance of making Tite’s starting XI next to Casemiro and Fabinho.
The five-time World Cup champions are the favourites to defend the Copa America title following their outstanding displays in the World Cup qualifying campaign.
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