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Manchester United Player Ratings at Euro 2020

Italy were victorious in the Euro 2020 Final against England, which put a very exciting tournament to an end. While there were four Manchester United men on the losing side in the final, there were some great performances from our Reds across the tournament.

With pre-season closing in, the attention turns fully back to club football, but here is an article looking at how all of the United lads got on in their Euro 2020 adventures.

Scott McTominay (Scotland) – 5/10

The midfielder was playing as a makeshift centre-back in Steve Clark’s three at the back formation and while his side exited in the group stages of the competition, McTominay did have a solid performance in the derby against England, where the Scots grabbed their only point of the tournament before they were kicked out.

Victor Lindelöf (Sweden) – 6.5/10

United’s Iceman and his fellow Swedes shocked everyone as they topped Group F, winning twice and drawing once in their three group fixtures. With just two goals conceded in these matches, it was clear that Sweden’s strength at the back was one factor in their strong performance, and Lindelöf was at the heart of this.

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While his nation unfortunately lost out 2-1 to Ukraine in the round-of-16 after extra-time, Lindelöf had a somewhat impressive tournament.

Bruno Fernandes (Portugal) – 5/10

The reigning champions were tipped as one of the favourites for Euro 2020 with their talent pool, but they disappointed as a whole this time around, getting knocked out of the round-of-16 after an underwhelming group stage performance.

Bruno Fernandes might have been playing a different role than he’s used to at Old Trafford, but he was unable to make an impact and was especially poor in Portugal’s embarrassing 4-2 defeat to Germany. He was dropped from the starting XI for their third group match and the round-of-16 tie against Belgium, which is good for Manchester United. Get that man some rest!

Diogo Dalot (Portugal) – 6/10

After his loan spell at AC Milan, Diogo Dalot was a shock entry into the Portugal squad after João Cancelo had to drop out after he tested positive for Covid-19. The 22-year-old right-back was afforded his senior debut with his national side after he was substituted on for the injured Nélson Semedo in Portugal’s 2-2 draw with France.

He then made his full debut in the round-of-16. While his side lost, Dalot showed promise throughout the game but it was matched with some lapses in concentration and silly mistakes; which sounds pretty similar to his time at United so far.

Daniel James (Wales) – 8/10

Playing on his preferred left flank, Daniel James was arguably Wales’ best player throughout the tournament. The winger’s defensive strengths stood in good stead for how Robert Page wanted his side to play – they were solid out of possession throughout the group.

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Yet, James was also a lethal weapon for The Dragons on the offensive. The 23-year-old managed to create eight chances for his teammates across the group stage – the most of any player in Group A. Although his side was embarrassed in the round-of-16, losing 4-0 to Denmark, United’s number 21 could hold his head high with his performances though.

Paul Pogba (France) – 9/10

After spending much of his club campaign on the wing, Paul Paul returned to the middle of the pitch alongside N’golo Kante. In short… he was sublime. The international stage might favour Pogba’s skillset in the centre, but that takes nothing away from his superb ability on the ball, especially his long passes – it was like watching a quarter-back at times.

Pogba received the Star of the Match in France’s opening match against Germany. He then went and provided the assist of the tournament against Portugal, setting up Karim Benzema with a delightful through ball from deep.

After a strong performance in the group stage, Pogba stepped it up in the round-of-16 and produced one of the best individual performances of the tournament. He scored an absolute screamer and created four chances for his team, yet his efforts were ruined after his side lost out to Switzerland on penalties. Pogba stepped up first and slotted it home emphatically, but Kylian Mbappe’s miss from the spot meant that France were knocked out of the tournament.

It was an undeserved exit from the tournament for Pogba, who would’ve been eying up the Player of the Tournament award if it didn’t end so prematurely.

Marcus Rashford (England) – 4/10

After a long…long season for Manchester United, there were a few disappointed United fans that Marcus Rashford didn’t take the same approach as teammate Mason Greenwood and drop out of the England squad. It’s not secret that he’s been carrying injuries through the club season and is supposed to be getting an operation on his shoulder before the start of the season.

Even taking this into consideration, I thought that he would have a bigger part to play in England’s progression through the tournament. He did not start any of the matches on route to the final and played just 73 minutes throughout the entire competition before he was thrown on for the final minute of time before the dreaded penalty shootout against Italy in the final.

We’ve all seen Rashford look so composed in front of goal from 12 yards out, but it wasn’t to be as his effort struck against the post and England went onto fall short in the final. It was a gut-wrenching experience for United’s number 10, but he will come back to United stronger, with a shoulder operation on the horizon.

Jadon Sancho (England) – 6.5/10

It was even more perplexing to see Jadon Sancho start just one fixture throughout the tournament after the winger had been in fine form for Borussia Dortmund last campaign.

When Sancho did start against Ukraine, he showed some great link-up, which England missed at times in other matches, but he did not get the chance to wow the fans completely. Again, Sancho was burdened with the pressure of being brought on in the last minute of extra time in order to take a penalty and it was saved.

Disappointing, but United fans will be looking forward to welcoming Sancho after he returns from his holiday.

Luke Shaw (England) – 9.5/10

There’s not much that you can say about Luke Shaw that hasn’t been said already in the last six months, but he was arguably England’s Player of the Tournament. The left-back scored in the final and assisted three times throughout the tournament.

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He patrolled the left-flank and produced some brilliant performances and was also solid in defence. It’s amazing to watch the player he’s turned into and everyone is looking forward to seeing him next season.

Harry Maguire (England) – 9.5/10

Another contender for England’s Player of the Tournament is United captain, Harry Maguire. After missing the first two fixtures, Maguire made up for lost time in the remaining five matches, with incredible performances against the likes of Germany, Ukraine and Denmark, as well as a strong showing in the final.

His reintroduction into the side was crucial for England, as he was a primary progressor for the side. Whether it was through his powerful drives with the ball or his precise passes through the lines, Maguire was vital in the build-up for England.

Unlike his United comrades, Maguire stepped up for a penalty in the final and buried it into the top right corner, but was so unfortunate to end the match on the losing side, as was Shaw.

David de Gea (Spain) – N/A

Dylan Levitt (Wales) – N/A

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