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2 players that must impress in the international break for Man Utd

The international break came at a bad time for Man Utd. But if these two players can prove their quality, the squad could be stronger upon their return.

Solskjaer’s Man Utd side has struggled this season after they thrashed Chelsea 4-0, picking up 2 points in three winnable games…

After a painful to watch 1-1 draw against Southampton away, the international break could not have come at a worse time. Solskjaer will be eager to get the lads together in order to fix as much as he can in a squad that lacks both depth and quality.

On the up-side, should some of their players have fantastic games for their countries, they could return with a fresh start and full of confidence.

For example, Marcus Rashford for England, Scott McTominay for Scotland and Daniel James for Wales are all players with enough quality to be key to Man Utd. Each of them has performed well in some areas, and poorly in others. If they can perform well for their countries, they should return with the self-belief to see them through the tough weeks ahead.

However, there are two players in particular who must perform well for their national sides in the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Proving to their club manager that their current dip in form is merely a blip and that they still have the quality to impact the squad.

Jesse Lingard

Lingard has been under heavy scrutiny recently, due to his poor performances, lack of impact and seemingly undeserved trust from the manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

With players like Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong and Mason Greenwood all capable of taking Lingard’s various starting positions, he truly needs to up his game, as protection from Solskjaer can only go on for so long.

The Englishman has failed to record a Premier League goal or assist in the 2019 calendar year so far but has been selected for national duty based on previous good performances for England.

Nemanja Matic

Matic has been entirely dropped for Man Utd’s starting eleven. Making only one brief appearance in an attempt to win the game in the closing minutes against Southampton. Yes, Solskjaer opted for a slow, lethargic defensive midfielder to clinch a win against Southampton…

However, Matic will face Portugal with Serbia. Portugal will be a heavily attacking, high quality and intense side to play against. Should Matic shine in this game with his once-notable ability to break down opposition attacks, he could find his way into Man Utd’s starting eleven, particularly against high quality, attacking sides.

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