With the second slate of international break fixtures done and dusted, let’s check in with how the Manchester United contingent fared. All players seem to have escaped unscathed, which is excellent news as José Mourinho gears up for one of the busiest periods of the entire season.
Argentina 1-1 Venezuela
A disappointing result for Argentina, and one which remarkably leaves their hopes of World Cup qualification still hanging in the balance. They’re now beneath Peru, fifth in the South American qualifying table. Sergio Romero played the entire game, and couldn’t really have done much about the goal.
Armenia 1-4 Denmark
Yeah, Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s Armenia aren’t making it to the World Cup.
However, Romelu Lukaku and Marouane Fellaini should be on the plane to Russia next summer: Belgium remained unbeaten in World Cup qualification as they saw off a struggling Greece in Piraeus. Fellaini was substituted after 89 minutes of football, while Lukaku played the entire match and scored the winning goal.
Ecuador 1-2 Peru
A rotten result for Antonio Valencia’s Ecuador, who are now very unlikely to make it to what would almost certainly have been the captain’s final World Cup.
England 2-1 Slovakia
Marcus Rashford was at the centre of attention as England came from behind to beat Slovakia and retain top spot in their group. He was at fault for Slovakia's opener, though provided the assist for Eric Dier's equaliser, and netted a brilliant whipped winner from the edge of the area in the second half. Phil Jones played the entire game, Chris Smalling was an unused substitute, and Jesse Lingard didn't even make the bench.
Fresh from thrashing the Netherlands 4-0, France were incredibly held to a goalless draw at home to Luxembourg in Toulouse. Paul Pogba played the entirety of a game he’ll want to forget as quickly as possible.
Italy 1-0 Israel
Ivory Coast 1-2 Gabon
The Ivory Coast passed up a golden opportunity to move a step closer to World Cup qualification as they went down 2-1 at home to Gabon. Eric Bailly played the whole match at centre-back.
Netherlands 3-1 Bulgaria
Having decided that their 4-0 thrashing to France was enough humiliation for one international break, Dick Advocaat's Netherlands bounced back with a 3-1 win at home to Bulgaria. Daley Blind played the whole game at left-back. It still may be too little, too late for their World Cup hopes.
Nemanja Matić looks to be World Cup bound: his side maintained a four-point lead at the top of their qualifying group courtesy of a 1-0 win away in Dublin. Matić played the whole game.
Liechtenstein 0-8 Spain
We're guessing David de Gea had nothing to do in this one.
Belarus 0-4 Sweden
Sweden’s hopes of World Cup qualification are still very much alive after they thrashed Belarus in Borisov, with Victor Lindelöf playing the whole game at centre-half.