International Reds: The full round-up

Wednesday 13 September 2023 12:50

When players go away with their nations for international duty, there is natural interest among Manchester United fans as to how they will perform for their countries.

Thankfully, there have been many positives to reflect on as Erik ten Hag and his Reds can now get back to focusing on all matters involving club football, with the next qualifiers taking place in October.

As we gear up for United's Premier League return against Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend, feast your eyes on the remarkable feats and memorable matches that our Reds took part in across the latest international break...

Bruno Fernandes was named our Player of the Month for August after an impressive start to the season and showed no signs of slowing down when representing Portugal in Euro 2024 qualifiers against Slovakia and Luxembourg. Our no.8 scored the only goal in the first match, before the Selecao put Luxembourg to the sword, three days later.

Fernandes assisted an incredible three times - including a stunning trivela cross - and got his name on the scoresheet in the eventual 9-0 triumph, a record for the country. United team-mate Diogo Dalot also played in both fixtures, returning to Manchester having helped keep two clean sheets.

Bruno wasn't the only Reds goalscorer across the break, however, with Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay regaining his place at joint-top in the Euro 2024 qualifying scoring charts when he netted and assisted against Cyprus on Friday. The 3-0 triumph in Larnaca means Steve Clarke's side still have a 100 per cent record in qualifying, after five fixtures.

Scott then lined up against United team-mate Marcus Rashford in the Three Lions' 3-1 victory in a friendly at Hampden Park on Tuesday, three days after Gareth Southgate's side had drawn 1-1 with Ukraine in Euro 2024 qualifying. Rashford looked lively in Glasgow and was involved in the moves that led to the opening two goals. Fellow Red Harry Maguire started the former fixture, in Poland, and was a second-half substitute in the latter, unfortunately diverting an Andy Robertson cross into his own net but helping the visitors seal an excellent win.

Jonny Evans got his name on the scoresheet during the international break, but it wasn't enough for Northern Ireland, who were defeated 4-2 by Slovenia on Thursday. The re-signed Red played on Sunday as well, as his nation fell to a narrow 1-0 loss away at Kazakhstan.

Speaking of summer recruits, it was a positive week for Rasmus Hojlund and Denmark and United team-mate Christian Eriksen, as the Scandinavians recorded back-to-back Euro 2024 qualifying victories over San Marino and Finland.

Scott McTominay and Harry Maguire were on opposing sides at Hampden Park.

Eriksen was the star of the triumph against San Marino in Copenhagen, assisting twice and grabbing a goal of his own as Denmark swept the visitors aside 4-0. Hojlund was a second-half substitute in that one, and played the same role against Finland on Sunday to help Kasper Hjulmand's side earn a crucial late victory, courtesy of Tottenham midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Staying in Europe, United centre-back Victor Lindelof captained his nation to a 5-0 victory away to Estonia on Saturday before they were defeated 3-1 at home by Austria - managed by former Reds interim boss Ralf Rangnick - on Tuesday. The Blagult are third in Euro 2024 qualifying Group F after five matches.

New Reds goalkeeper Altay Bayindir was an unused substitute in Turkey's European qualifier against Armenia, that ended 1-1, but came on for the second half of their 4-2 friendly defeat to Japan in Belgium on Tuesday evening.

Victorious Cameroon return for Onana


Andre played his part in his first international appearance since 2022, while plenty of other Reds were also in action.

Andre Onana is another summer arrival who we were following for the first time during these breaks, as he made a first Cameroon appearance since coming out of international retirement. It was an ideal homecoming for Andre, who kept a clean sheet as Cameroon finished their African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Burundi on Tuesday.

On the same day, Hannibal was playing elsewhere on the continent, in Egypt, as Tunisia defeated the hosts - featuring Liverpool's Mohamed Salah in their line-up - by a 3-1 scoreline. The United midfielder was introduced as a second-half substitute, after starting the Carthage Eagles' final African Cup of Nations qualifier against Botswana on Thursday.

Hannibal played 61 minutes in the 3-0 victory, with Tunisia having already qualified for the Ivory Coast-hosted tournament back in March.

United's African connection is stronger than ever


Why the Reds currently have the largest representation from the continent in our history.

We round off our breakdown of the September internationals by going to South America, where 2026 World Cup qualifiers have now started.

Casemiro captained Brazil to consecutive victories, over Bolivia and Peru, and the Selecao now sit atop the qualification table, level on points with Argentina, whom Alejandro Garnacho played for across the last week.

The Reds winger made a substitute appearances against Bolivia on Tuesday, as Lionel Scaloni's side recorded two victories at the start of qualifying, while centre-back Lisandro Martinez was with the squad but did not feature in that match nor the 1-0 win Ecuador.

Our Uruguay representative, Facundo Pellistri, started his nation's 3-1 win against Chile and was a second-half substitute as Ecuador came from behind to beat La Celeste 2-1 in their second qualifier.