A total of 11 Man United players will be showcasing their talents in the Euro 2020 Championship which kicks off today Friday, June 11. Out of those numbers, four will represent England, while the remaining 7 will be scattered around different teams.
Just a few days ago, Donny van de Beek was unfortunately ruled out of the tournament due to an injury – which reduced the player count to 11. Moreover, out of the players, some of the top Man United players have done so well for the club that they are guaranteed to be in the first-team plans for next season, regardless of transfer business.
But a few players are still under threat of being cut out unless they can prove their mettle with the tournament just kicking off today.
Man United Players Who Must Use Euros To Prove They Deserve First Team Football Next Season
Below we take a look at the 4 Man United stars who must shine in Euros to win over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s confidence and improve their chances of featuring in the first team next season.
1. Daniel James
James is one of the big stars in the Wales national team, despite his position at Manchester United. The Red Devil has scored 2 goals and registered 1 assist in his last 4 appearances for Wales. In the Welsh national team, James has the left-wing role for himself and is expected to be one of their leading forces in a tough Euros group.
Meanwhile, the youngster has to come up with some big performances to catch his manager’s attention in this summer’s tournament. Besides, if he doesn’t the United right-wing role could be impossible to contest for him, with Jadon Sancho closing in on a move to United, Amad Diallo improving with every game, and Mason Greenwood well positioned in the team too.
2. Scot McTominay
McTominay enjoyed quite a good season with the Red Devils in the 2020-21 campaign. He even scored 7 goals from midfield! But regardless of those performances, the midfielder needs to up his game to be a regular in the first XI next season as there is likely going to more competition in United’s midfield, along with the possibility of a new midfield signing.
Plus Scot McTominay will likely play as a center-back for Scotland in their group stages where they face England and Croatia. Hence, the 24-year-old must prove he possesses the defensive graft to slot in as United’s defensive midfielder with some strong performances.
Again, he must improve his passing range and overall work on the attack to show that he deserves to start over Fred or any other midfielder in United’s midfield next season.
3. Victor Lindelof
After an awful display in the Europa League final, there have been doubts over Victor Lindelof’s chances of retaining his starting role for next season for United. However, the Swede can redeem himself with a heroic display for his national side in the Euros.
Although they have been placed in a relatively tricky group alongside Spain and Poland, which means the United star will face the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Gerard Moreno (again).
But if Lindelof can be able to gain clean sheets from either game and help his side get the wins, he could boost his chances of retaining a spot in the Man United first-team next season – regardless of whether a new center-back is signed or not.
4. David de Gea
Following his disappointing outing in the Europa League final, David de Gea, just like Victor Lindelof will hope to redeem himself in Euros. Although, the United goalkeeper could face competition from Unai Simon for the starting spot he is likely to start the majority of the games.
Meanwhile, De Gea has to put in some super manic performances which made him what he is now. Last season, Dean Henderson seemingly took the starting spot for the Premier League games from him towards the end.
However, the Spaniard can reclaim his spot as United’s undisputed no 1. But first, he has to come up big in the Euros, including getting multiple clean sheets with his national side, making match-winning saves, and tapping into his peak form once again!
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