Manchester United’s footballers have stepped up their preparations ahead of Euro 2020 this summer.
While, aside from Jesse Lingard, United’s England contingent weren’t involved in the 1-0 friendly victory over Austria on Wednesday, Paul Pogba and Daniel James started against each other in France’s win over Wales.
Donny van de Beek and Scott McTominay, meanwhile, were unused substitutes as Scotland and the Netherlands drew 2-2 and David de Gea could play for Spain tonight against Portugal.
Elsewhere, the transfer rumour mill continues ahead of the window opening on June 9.
United will reportedly face competition from Everton for Kieran Trippier and have also been linked with Lille full-back Zeki Celik.
Former United centre-back Rio Ferdinand has made it clear who he thinks United should sign this summer.
“They need to recruit well in this window in the right areas. I think they need a centre-back, a right-winger and maybe even a centre-forward,” he told Goal.
Atletico identify Trippier replacement
United are keen on signing Kieran Trippier from Atletico Madrid and their quest may have received a boost.
According to Marca, the Spanish side want to sign Hector Bellerin from Arsenal as his replacement.
Bellerin is likely to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer, having been linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Real Betis.
Jack Grealish has given Solskjaer a reason to have another conversation with him
The days of elite clubs signing players purely based on their performances at international tournaments should be dead and buried.
In the modern era, where data is king and due diligence is the minimum requirement before making a transfer, playing three good games on a global stage ought not to convince or persuade anyone of anything. ‘Small sample size’ would be the phrase the data boffins use and they’d be right.
Manchester United made this mistake in 2014 when they signed Marcos Rojo after he’d helped Argentina to the World Cup final.
Rojo cost United £16million and would go on to start just 64 Premier League games in six seasons before leaving the club. His acquisition (and his subsequent, inexplicable contract renewal) was not United’s finest hour in the transfer market.