Your Monday Briefing: 7 bullet points for Reds
The international break is upon us, but there is still plenty going on in the world of Manchester United. That’s why Your Monday Briefing is here to provide a handy recap of the weekend…
That is possibly the main headline to stem from the weekend, after Phil was taken off during England’s friendly match against world champions Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on Friday night. A statement was then released by The FA on Saturday evening, explaining the defender would not face Brazil on Tuesday and that he had returned to the Aon Training Complex for treatment.
It was Sweden versus Italy on Friday night and our summer signing, Victor, emerged victorious over his Reds team-mate Matteo Darmian following a 1-0 victory at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, the venue for our 2017 UEFA Europa League final triumph over AFC Ajax. Italy boss Giampiero Ventura accepts his side need a “great performance” in tonight’s second leg of the World Cup play-off, if they are to avoid missing out on the tournament for the first time since 1958.
Romelu was back on the scoresheet - twice - as Belgium were held 3-3 by Mexico in Brussels. The forward also became his country's joint all-time leading scorer alongside Bernard Voorhoof and Paul Van Himst with 30 goals, by restoring Belgium's lead early in the second half after Andres Guardado's penalty had cancelled out Eden Hazard's opener. Lukaku posted on Twitter: "Big thank you to all my teammates and the real fans out there for the messages!"
Anthony made a much-deserved return to the France squad in a 2-0 friendly win over Wales in Paris, coming on for Olivier Giroud shortly after the Arsenal striker had scored his side's second goal in the 71st minute. Antoine Griezmann had given Les Bleus the lead early in the first half.
5: POGBA AT THE EMA AWARDS
Speaking of Frenchman, Paul was among the many guests at the MTV European Music Awards in London on Sunday night, alongside his two brothers Florentin and Matthias. He even presented an award, to Canadian artist Shawn Mendes, alongside Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer.
6: COMMON GOAL HIT THE MLS
Juan Mata's charitable project, which asks members of the football profession to donate one per cent of their wages, recruited its first MLS player in the form of San Jose Earthquakes star Chris Wondolowsky. He posted on Twitter: "Hey @JuanMata8! I'm proud to be the first @MLS player to join you on the @CommonGoalOrg team to support orgs like @StreetSoccerUSA. Let's get to work!"
7: WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
To finish, following Armistice Day, we would like to pay our continued respects to the 22 Newton Heath and Manchester United players who fought for their country and perished in war. In case you didn’t know, that number has this year risen by two following extensive research by Old Trafford Museum curator Mark Wylie, who discovered two new players: “We continue to find players who were registered, with Frederick Okoro and Alf Griffiths being the latest of those,” Mark told us.
“There are others that we suspect were our players who were killed in action but we can’t add them to our list of fallen until we have extensively researched and proven it. These latest two additions take the current total to 22 players but I expect that number will rise further.”