Monday Briefing: United news from the weekend
Manchester United’s first team may not have been in action over the weekend, due to the international break, yet there is still plenty of club news to catch up on in Your Monday Briefing…
1: HEAD INJURY FOR SHAW
Our August Player of the Month started for England for the first time since 8 September 2015, but the left-back’s evening unfortunately ended prematurely when he was taken off on a stretcher following an aerial collision with Spain defender Dani Carvajal. Shaw thankfully reported he is “doing fine” in a post-match tweet and vowed to be “back soon”, although it remains to be seen if the defender will be available for our Premier League match at Watford this weekend.
Thank you for all the love and support I am doing fine and am in the best hands. I’m a fighter so I will be back soon! ❤💪🏼— Luke Shaw (@LukeShaw23) September 8, 2018
2: RASHFORD SCORED FOR ENGLAND
Marcus netted his second competitive goal for the Three Lions with a tidy first-time finish from Shaw’s brilliantly-timed pass. It was the first England goal that was scored and assisted by two United players since November 2012, when Ashley Young set up Danny Welbeck against Sweden. Rashford continued to cause problems for the Spanish defence, playing up front with Harry Kane.
Great to be back at Wembley, incredible support, wish we could have got the win for you but wasn’t our night 🦁🦁🦁 pic.twitter.com/4C4w0Cwsll— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) September 8, 2018
3: MOURINHO WAS AT WEMBLEY
Jose took his place in the stand at the national stadium and was visibly pleased by the sight of two Reds, Shaw and Rashford, combining superbly for the opening goal. David De Gea’s commanding performance will have also impressed the manager, who had Jesse Lingard to watch as well.
4: LUKAKU BAGGED FOR BELGIUM
A first-half goal from Romelu set a clinical Belgium on their way to a 4-0 victory over Scotland in their friendly match at Hampden Park, where Scott McTominay was an unused substitute. The powerful striker has impressively now scored 18 goals in his last 16 appearances for the national team.
Romelu Lukaku's last 16 appearances for Belgium:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 7, 2018
Back amongst the goals. pic.twitter.com/MKpCDqtRaq
5: OTHER INTERNATIONAL ACTION
Fred started for Brazil on Friday night and helped them to secure a 2-0 win over USA, with Andreas Pereira watching from the bench as an unused substitute. Elsewhere, Nemanja Matic captained Serbia to a hard-earned 1-0 win over Lithuania, Eric Bailly’s Ivory Coast won 2-0 at Rwanda and Paul Pogba's France beat the Netherlands 2-1.
Pereira posted a photo with United legend Wayne Rooney, at what was presumably Brazil’s team hotel in the USA. Neymar is also seen posing with our iconic former no.10, who is currently ripping it up in the MLS with new club DC United.
Casey Stoney’s team began the WSL Championship campaign in devastating fashion, by beating Aston Villa Ladies 12-0 in front of a packed crowd at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground. Jess Sigsworth scored five goals, with braces for Lauren James and Kirsty Hanson, while Katie Zelem, Mollie Green and Ella Toone added to the scoreline as the Reds ran riot in the West Midlands.
Well played, ladies!Gallery
See the best images from United Women's incredible 12-0 win at Aston Villa.
8: YOUNG SCORED FOR CELTIC
Ashley took time out from his international break to play in ‘A Match For Cancer’, a fundraising event set up by his old Aston Villa team-mates Stiliyan Petrov and James Milner. The star-studded game between Celtic and Liverpool drew a crowd of over 20,000 fans and Youngy was among the goals, during an entertaining 3-3 draw that was overseen by Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp.