A seemingly never ending international break is finally over and Manchester United’s players are returning to club action.

Just before we do, let’s take a look at the players who enjoyed a strong international break, and those who did not get what they wanted out of it…

Winners

Harry Maguire: The previous international break ended poorly for Maguire when he was sent off against Denmark. This one was more impressive.

Maguire scored and kept a clean sheet in England’s win over Ireland, and then his importance to the side was underlined when he was badly missed in a defeat to Belgium.

He was once again excellent in the win over Iceland last night. Playing just two games out of the three also helped conserve Maguire’s energy a little.

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Scott McTominay: Scotland’s match against Serbia was a heart-racing encounter for their fans, and McTominay had a tough moment too as his side conceded a late equaliser.

McTominay stepped up in the penalty shootout to help fire Scotland to a win and clinch qualification for a major tournament for the first time since 1998.

This was a historic moment and McTominay achieved what he set out to do. It was an experience he will never forget.

Paul Pogba: Paul Pogba’s international break started poorly when he was substituted after 57 minutes as France slumped to defeat to Finland.

Didier Deschamps dismissed this as just a warm-up match for Pogba, and the United midfielder responded well.

He played 90 minutes in both wins over Portugal and Sweden, showing his quality and bouncing back. Pogba’s confidence will have received a timely boost ahead of his return to United.

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Dan James: A tough start to the season for Dan James has just received a shot in the arm.

 

James scored a long range goal to help Wales to an impressive victory over Finland.

This was a confidence booster for the 23-year-old, and exactly what he needs to get his season off the ground.

Losers

Anthony Martial: It has been a tough start to the season for Anthony Martial, who does not have a Premier League shot on target in four matches played.

For France he had just one goal in 25 matches heading into the game against Portugal and failed to seize his opportunity as a starter.

Martial had five shots and failed to score, before picking up a back injury which kept him out of the Sweden game and could complicate his involvement this weekend for United.

Portugal v France - UEFA Nations League
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Victor Lindelof: It was merciful to see Lindelof substituted after 66 minutes for Sweden against France.

He had been dominated by Olivier Giroud, once again showing a weakness aerially.

Lindelof had an excuse. He has been struggling with a back injury, pushed himself to play, and seemed to aggravate it during the match, Fotboll Skanalen reported.

If that is the case, then Lindelof returns to United worse off fitness-wise than he left, and with a hectic fixture list on the horizon, he could miss some important games.

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