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Di Maria brilliant but Van Persie blunt in international week

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Here's how Manchester United's footballers got on with their countries.

Dennis Grombkowski

The good

Let's start with the spectacular. Last week, Ángel Di María took the reigning World Champions to pieces, making three goals for his teammates and scoring one himself in a 4-2 victory. We put the videos up earlier but in case you missed them, hie thee here. Marcos Rojo also played in that game but didn't score or make a goal, so is probably rubbish.

Sticking with Germany, they went on to play a Scotland side captained by Darren Fletcher in Euro 2016 qualifying. Scotland looked decent throughout and briefly threatened to escape with a 1-1 draw, until a defensive nightmare let the World Champions secure a win. Fletcher played almost an hour and looked pretty decent.

Also returning to international football was Radamel Falcao, who came on for the last 13 minutes of Colombia's friendly against Brazil. Shortly after he came on Brazil scored the only goal of the game, though we don't think that was his fault. He didn't score, but he didn't end the night collapsed in a tearful heap clutching his knee, so we'll call that a plus. Ditto, too, Adnan Januzaj's half-hour cameo against Australia.

Wayne Rooney, as is his wont, had a mixed week for England. He was the flat posterboy for a flat team in the 1-0 win over Norway -- though he took a very good penalty -- and for the first half against Switzerland he looked in a similar mood, the lowlight being a risible touch when set free by Jack Wilshere. Then he perked up, set up the first goal, and came out just about in credit.

Of the kids, meanwhile, Tyler Blackett capped off his recent rise by making his debut as a substitute in England U21's 3-0 win over Burnley. He joined Michael Keane, currently on loan with Burnley, at the heart of the English defence. Keane had also played earlier in the week, helping England to a 1-0 win over mighty Lithuania.

The bad

It's not been a great week for United's Dutch contingent. Robin van Persie and Daley Blind started both games for the Netherlands over the week, and lost them both. Though neither was particularly to blame, Van Persie looked leggy and low on fitness in both games. Blind set up the Dutch equaliser against the Czech Republic, a deep, tempting cross to the far post, though they went on to lose thanks to a last minute brainfade from Daryl Janmaat.

Elsewhere David de Gea made his first start for Spain in a friendly against France, and despite making a few decent saves ended the night on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat. He was then replaced by Iker Casillas for Spain's qualifying game against Moldova, because Vicente del Bosque is a pillock who simply will not learn.

The injured

While you never quite know who has and hasn't picked up this or that while jetting around the world, it appears that only one of United's international players has returned with an injury. That, with a certain sense of inevitability, is Phil Jones, who appear to tweak a hamstring against Switzerland, came off a few minutes later, and will now have a scan back at Old Trafford.