The one-month carnival of the Euro 2020 has begun, bringing with it lots of excitement and anticipation. The best European national teams competing against each other for the most sought-after silverware in Europe is exciting enough, but there is something more for Manchester United fans to watch out for in the Euro 2020.
It is about the players who will be representing their respective countries and giving their absolute best on the pitch to prove their worth to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who is right now figuring out his combinations for the upcoming season. Here is a list compiled of Manchester United players who will be fighting hard to be in contention for their respective positions at the club.
United fans around the world had huge expectations of him during his early stages at the club. However, he has failed to do any justice to all those high hopes and somehow has fallen out of favour playing only 15 out of the 38 Premier League games this season, while managing 3 goals and an assist.
Now that the club is very close to signing Sancho, his involvement will most likely diminish even further. The only option he has to remain in contention for a place is to try and change his fortune at Manchester United through his performances at Euro 2020. While there is no denying his potential, the Euros certainly seem like his make-or-break opportunity.
There is no one else with a bigger threat to their position at the club than Victor Lindelof. United were reminded of their desperate need for a centre-back when Harry Maguire suffered an ankle injury in May. Reinforcement at this position has become one of the primary focuses for the club this summer.
It’s a known fact that Maguire is a fixture in the starting XI. So, if there is anyone making way for the new arrival at centre-back, it has to be Lindelof, especially if you look at the kind of names that are being talked about (Varane, Pau Torres). This raises the stakes even higher for him to have an impactful Euro.
David de Gea
David de Gea is one of the most loved players at Old Trafford and he has justified it through his stellar performances over the years. But, the modern goalkeeper’s role has evolved a lot, while there is nothing much wrong with the Spaniard, there seems to be a shift in Ole’s choices between the sticks.
De Gea did play 26 matches in the Premier League this season, but due to the availability of another quality GK like Dean Henderson, the competition for the number one spot is heating up, so much so that there have been rumours of De Gea leaving the club. The Euro 2020 is his chance to prove that he is still the boss at Manchester United.
Dean Henderson has come a long way from his loan spell at Sheffield United where he impressed a lot of people. His performances have also made many pundits prefer him to start for England over Jordan Pickford at the Euros. He played 13 matches in the Premier League last season which proves that Ole does have plans for him.
However, the presence of De Gea in the team is making Ole’s decision a difficult one. The Euro 2020 will be very crucial for Henderson to put his case forward for a place in the playing XI. It also depends on how many games he gets to play, as Pickford has been Gareth Southgate’s first-choice goalkeeper for quite some time now.
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Yes, I know this is a surprising one, in fact, more shocking than surprising. There is no denying the fact that Scott McTominay has been an integral part of the team and he along with Pogba and Fred had to manoeuvre fixture after fixture this whole season. He made 32 appearances in the Premier League last campaign managing 4 goals and an assist, but Manchester United’s search for a defensive midfielder is not a secret and any reinforcement only adds to the competition.
The 24-year-old Scottish player certainly has a point to prove as he tries to establish himself in the heart of United’s midfield. His performance at the Euro 2020 will greatly enhance his claim to be a starter at Manchester United. While Ole has shown great trust in McTominay, it is only fair to reconsider this if a better/bigger player arrives at the club vying for the same position.
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