Here’s how every Manchester United player at UEFA Euro 2020 performed in the Round of 16 stage.
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Harry Maguire: The Manchester United captain was once again heroic for the Three Lions, this time in a historic knockout win over rivals Germany. It was England’s first knockout win against Germany since the 1966 World Cup Final at the old Wembley stadium. Maguire went home with Man of the Match honors, putting in several crucial tackles and doing well to progress the ball and keep possession. He continues to perform at a high level since his record setting transfer to Manchester United.
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Luke Shaw: Shaw was equally brilliant to Maguire against Germany, and arguably as deserving of Man of the Match honors. Shaw notably was involved in both of England’s goals, assisting the first for Raheem Sterling and setting up Grealish’s pass for Kane with a hockey assist on the second goal. He drove forward confidently and effectively, riding high off of a phenomenal season, and continuing to prove that many of us were wrong to have written him off so soon.
Marcus Rashford: Rashford unfortunately never saw the pitch against Germany. Despite some conservative and ineffective possession by England early on they recovered well, only needing Jack Grealish off the bench to boost the attack late. Rashford did however see some action on Twitter, replying “yes x” to a tweet asking him to announce Jadon Sancho.
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Paul Pogba: Paul Pogba was electric against Switzerland. In what was probably the game of the tournament so far, Pogba was crucial for establishing a 3-1 lead for France. Unfortunately for him and Les Bleus, Switzerland were still up for a fight. They scored twice in the final minutes of the match to force extra time, and won dramatically on penalties as Kylian Mbappe fittingly ended his poor tournament with the decisive miss in the shootout. Pogba likely loses his chance at winning player of the tournament with the early exit, but gets to rest and recover a bit longer before heading back to Manchester for a preseason and fresh contract talks.
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Bruno Fernandes: Bruno Fernandes once again started the match on the bench for Portugal, a move that may have been a mistake by Fernando Santos. Belgium took the lead in the first half through Thorgan Hazard golazo, and managed to play safe for the rest of the match to see out the win despite demoralizing injuries to Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne. Bruno did arrive in the second half, and Portugal saw arguably their best spell of the match with him pulling the strings. He didn’t have the best tournament, but he was doing the most to get his team back in late.
Diogo Dalot: Did well in a start ahead of Nelson Semedo. Not a remarkable presence for Portugal, but avoided making the same mistakes as his compatriot at the position and likely made the case for staying in the squad going forward behind Joao Cancelo.
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David De Gea: Spain won a fine match 5-3 aet against Croatia on Monday, but again De Gea saw no action. May have a shout going forward after a poor outing from Unai Simon, who let Croatia on the board early with a serious lapse in judgement receiving a back pass. De Gea may have chucked it in his own net before, but it never looked that bad.
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Victor Lindelof: Like many of his Manchester United teammates, Victor Lindelof is heading home early with his head held high. The Round of 16 didn’t fall his way, as Sweden lost 2-1 to Ukraine late in extra time. Lindelof’s centre back partner Marcus Danielson earned himself a straight red card in the first period of extra time after a stupid and dangerous studs up challenge on Artem Besyedin. They defended as well as they could until stoppage time of the second period, when Artem Dovybyk won it at the death.
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Dylan Levitt: Unused in the knockout match, but has a tournament under his belt now as he continues in his young career.
Daniel James: It was a pretty nice tournament for Dan James and Wales, but unfortunately came to an ugly end. Denmark won 4-0 against a Welsh side that impressed during the group stage, perhaps showing their determination to continue after the traumatizing first match in which Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch. James should take confidence from his performances overall, but was pretty useless in this one as the Danes controlled the game.