Anthony Martial and Victor Lindelof

What's happening at United this week?

Monday 22 March 2021 11:00

The football keeps coming for Manchester United's players, but not for the Reds.

Following the disappointing defeat to Leicester City in the Emirates FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday, we enter a fortnight without matches for United's first-team. Instead, the Reds will represent their countries in World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, as well as the Under-21 European Championships and various friendlies.

Meanwhile, Saturday marks a special day in the club’s history as MU Women will grace the pitch at the Theatre of Dreams for the first time in the team’s history.

Here’s how this week is shaping up...

Ole reacts to FA Cup exit to Foxes article

The manager provides his explanation why we were not at our best in the tie at the King Power Stadium.

MONDAY

The first-team players called up for international duty will travel to their respective countries - keep your eyes peeled for potential updates.

It’s six years since Juan Mata scored twice against Liverpool, including a stunning scissor kick in front of the away supporters. What a day on Merseyside that was! It's also three years since Zlatan Ibrahimovic left United to join LA Galaxy in MLS. In 53 appearances for the Reds, the Swede - who we were reunited with in Milan last week - scored 29 times.

Monday also marks the release of the latest episode of UTD Podcast, featuring assistant manager Mike Phelan.

WEDNESDAY

The European World Cup qualifiers for next year's tournament in Qatar get underway! 

Donny van de Beek’s Netherlands face Turkey in Istanbul, while France duo Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial take on Ukraine in the Group D opener. Daniel James and Dylan Levitt, who is on loan with NK Istra in Croatia, could feature for Wales against Belgium. Bruno Fernandes’ Portugal start the qualifying rounds by playing Azerbaijan, at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.

We would like to wish a very happy birthday to Treble-winner Raimond van der Gouw, too. Our former goalkeeper turns 58.

THURSDAY

England face San Marino at Wembley in a World Cup qualifier which could feature five Reds. Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw and Dean Henderson have all been called up by Gareth Southgate, while on-loan Jesse Lingard is also in the group.

Mason Greenwood is in the squad for the Under-21s, as they begin their quest for European Championship success by playing Switzerland's youngsters.

On the continent, David De Gea’s Spain will play Greece, Scott McTominay’s Scotland host Austria and Victor Lindelof’s Sweden open their campaign against Georgia.

FRIDAY

There are no World Cup qualifiers featuring United players as we enter the weekend, but Amad could make his international debut for Ivory Coast in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier. The Elephants take on Niger, and Eric Bailly is also in the squad.

Shaw: I'd lost hope for England return article

Luke Shaw reveals how he had almost given up on getting another international call-up.

SATURDAY

Manchester United Women are in action against West Ham United in the Women’s Super League. Casey Stoney’s team will play at Old Trafford for the first time as the Hammers come to town. The match kicks off at 11:30 GMT. Watch a full rerun of the match on MUTV from 13:30 GMT.

Away from the Theatre of Dreams, Donny’s Dutch side play Latvia and Bruno and Portugal will travel to Serbia in World Cup qualifiers, while James and Levitt's Wales face Mexico in a friendly.

SUNDAY

The clocks go back in the United Kingdom, meaning we will now be operating on British Summer Time (BST), rather than Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Sunday marks the two-year anniversary of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's appointment as permanent Manchester United manager. 

The Three Lions are once again in action as they face Albania, while England Under-21s take on Portugal in a game which could feature on-loan full-back Diogo Dalot. Our French duo of Pogba and Martial come up against Kazakhstan, McTominay’s Scotland face Israel, Lindelof’s Sweden will play Kosovo while De Gea and Spain take on Georgia.

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