Five Man United players left at Euro 2016

by Robbie Dunne

Manchester United’s David de Gea and Chris Smalling were sent packing at the Euros on an intense Monday of action as Spain and England were beaten by Italy and Iceland respectively.

There are still five Man United players in action in the quarter-finals and the summer action is not over quite yet.

On Friday at 8pm, Marouane Fellaini takes to the field for the Belgium Red Devils to play against Wales and while he did not start against Hungary, he did come off the bench and is set to feature for Marc Wilmots’ men.

United fans need to look out as Matteo Darmian‘s Italy take on Bastian Schweinstieger’s Germany on Saturday at 8pm. Both men came off the bench in the second-half of their respective last 16 clashes against Spain and Slovakia but have failed to nail down starting positions in two excellent sides. This could prove to be the game of the tournament with the technically excellent Germany facing a well-coached Antonio Conte team.
On Sunday the 3rd of July at 8pm, hosts France play Iceland with Anthony Martial and Morgan Schneiderlin vying for playing time in Didier Deschamps’ hyper-competitive squad. Martial has suffered from Antoine Griezmann’s fine form since he was replaced at half-time in France’s game against Albania by the Atletico Madrid attacker. Schneiderlin was included in Deschamps’ squad at the 11th hour with news of a Lassana Diarra injury and while he has not featured, N’Golo Kante struggled against Ireland and is one booking away from a suspension. Deschamps might opt to give Kante a rest after a gruelling season with Leicester and his impressive performances for France with Schneiderlin on the bench.

With five players still competing on good teams at the tournament, the chances of a European Championship winner returning to Old Trafford when it is all said and done is very high.

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