Usually teams who go into the international break on the back of win, especially one as dramatic as Manchester United’s 3-2 victory over Newcastle, do not want the international break to come; but that is not the case at Old Trafford right now.
The pressure around the club has been building to boiling point in recent weeks; it all came to a head with the claims that Jose Mourinho would be sacked, before United went 2-0 down against the Magpies to boot.
The eventual 3-2 victory was a release of sorts, but a break was well-needed for all concerned. We’ve taken a look at whether some United players are making the most of the opportunity to breathe somewhat
We think one man in particular is enjoying himself…
Who’s making the most of it?
If anyone needed the international break to come, it was Eric Bailly. He was hooked early in the first half against Newcastle as Mourinho looked to chase the game without wasting any time.
He was increasingly looking like a projection of the fans’ hopes; the supporters recognised the need for a pacy, dominant centre-half for so many years and Bailly is the man most suited. He was flattering to deceive.
Now, he’s gone off with the Ivory Coast and enjoyed the ideal evening on Friday; scoring and keeping a clean sheet in the 4-0 win over Central African Republic.
Elsewhere, Romelu Lukaku recovered from his recent scoring flip to net twice for Belgium against Switzerland.
In truth, it’s tough to think of a player who won’t be glad of the break. Even the players left behind, like Jesse Lingard, can work on their recovery from injury.
Marcus Rashford struggled against Croatia on Friday but recovered to put in a great performance against Spain last night.
The wideman was confident and dangerous; capping a classy display with England’s second goal in a historic 3-2 win.