Internationals: Which Reds are involved?
As many as 16 Manchester United players could be involved in senior international fixtures over the next eight days.
So, to keep you in the know, we’ve rounded up all the main information regarding which United players you need to keep an eye out for over the international break.
Starting with England, and five Reds have been included in Gareth Southgate’s squad: Dean Henderson, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford. Mason Greenwood was originally called up to the Three Lions’ Under-21 squad but had to withdraw through injury. Sticking with the home nations, and Daniel James and Dylan Levitt are in the Wales squad, while Scott McTominay is among those selected by Scotland manager Steve Clarke. Elsewhere in Europe, Donny van de Beek, Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial, Bruno Fernandes, David De Gea and Victor Lindelof have been called up by the Netherlands, France, Portugal, Spain and Sweden respectively. Eric Bailly and Amad have also been selected in the Ivory Coast squad.
You may have noticed above that there are no South American players on international duty, that’s because the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) suspended the upcoming round of fixtures, with many European-based players unable to travel due to COVID-19 restrictions. That means Alex Telles and Edinson Cavani won’t be in action with Brazil and Uruguay respectively. There were also concerns about Portugal’s fixtures as the country remains on the UK’s ‘red list’ for travelling. However, Portugal have opted to train and play home games in Italy, meaning Fernandes can participate in his nation’s matches.
The below fixtures involving European nations are all World-Cup qualifiers, excluding Wales v Mexico and Sweden v Estonia, both of which are friendly games Meanwhile, Ivory Coast’s double header are qualification matches for the African Cup of Nations.
CAN I WATCH THEM ON TV?
All of the European qualifiers are available to watch in the UK on Sky Sports, excluding England, whose matches will be broadcast live on ITV.
Wednesday 24 March
Turkey v Netherlands (17:00 GMT)
Belgium v Wales (19:45 GMT)
France v Ukraine (19:45 GMT)
Portugal v Azerbaijan (19:45 GMT)
Thursday 25 March
England v San Marino (19:45 GMT)
Scotland v Austria (19:45 GMT)
Spain v Greece (19:45 GMT)
Sweden v Georgia (19:45 GMT)
Friday 26 March
Niger v Ivory Coast (16:00 GMT)
Saturday 27 March
Netherlands v Latvia (17:00 GMT)
Serbia v Portugal (19:45 GMT)
Wales v Mexico (20:00 GMT)
Sunday 28 March
Kazakhstan v France (14:00 BST)
Albania v England (17:00 BST)
Georgia v Spain (17:00 BST)
Israel v Scotland (19:45 BST)
Kosovo v Sweden (19:45 BST)
Monday 29 March
Tuesday 30 March
Ivory Coast v Ethiopia (14:00 BST)
Gibraltar v Netherlands (19:45 BST)
Luxembourg v Portugal (19:45 BST)
Wales v Czech Republic (19:45 BST)
Wednesday 31 March
Sweden v Estonia (16:45 BST)
England v Poland (19:45 BST)
Bosnia and Herzegovina v France (19:45 BST)
Spain v Kosovo (19:45 BST)
Scotland v Farao Islands (19:45 BST)