With Euro 2016 reaching its quarter final stage, many players (from England) have returned back to their club as the Three Lions have been eliminated after that shocking defeat to Iceland in the round of 16.
Talking specifically, there are 10 players from the current Manchester United squad, who represented their country in the tournament and 3 out of those have traveled back to Manchester. The Three Lions took the lead inside the first five minutes of the game against Iceland, but failed to defend it and eventually lost the game.
Besides England, Spain have also been eliminated as they suffered a thumping defeat to the all confident Italian side last Monday. Therefore, the Spanish shot-stopper David De Gea will also be joining his teammates at the Carrington.
Northern Ireland had to face an unlucky exit from the tournament as they lost to Wales last Saturday with that one and only own goal, and therefore, the versatile defender Paddy McNair will also be travelling back to England.
Here, we will discuss how Manchester United players fared in this ongoing European Championship:
- Wayne Rooney-
Starting from our skipper Wayne Rooney, the 30-year-old Englishman played all four games for the side, but came on as a substitute for the final Group B fixture. The English skipper scored one goal in the tournament (penalty against Iceland) and created 10 chances. Rooney was mostly used as a central midfielder and won 52% of his average duels and completed 87% of passing accuracy
- Chris Smalling-
The 26-year-old defender is the only Red to start all four matches against Russia, Wales, Slovakia and Iceland. The Englishman averaged 92% of passing accuracy in the tournament as he completed 186 passes. Besides that, he was a solid man at the back of the team as he he won 61% of his average duels and also averaged 11 defensive actions per game.
- Marcus Rashford-
The 18-year-old sensation made 2 substitute appearances for the Three Lions and became England’s youngest player at a European Championship. He failed to score a goal in the competition, but played really well and marked his presence with great ease.
- David De Gea-
The 25-year-old Spanish shot-stopper was heavily criticized due to his lack of concentration in the game against Croatia which they lost by 2 goals to 1, but the player marked his presence in the game against Italy, Even though they lost the game, De Gea did everything he could. He played all 4 games for the side and managed to keep 2 clean sheets and averaged 2.25 saves per game.
- Anthony Martial-
The 20-year-old French forward has made just a single start for his side and also a substitute appearance. He hasn’t been given much chance due to Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud, but in his 2 appearances, he has averaged 62% of passing accuracy.
- Morgan Schneiderlin-
Thanks to the dynamism of N’golo Kante and Matuidi, Schneiderlin has not featured at all, but with quarter finals to play for, Deschamp might use this Devil any time soon.
- Bastian Schweinsteiger-
The 31-year-old midfielder made the headlines with his goal against Ukraine as he came on as a substitute in the 92nd minute to net the second goal for the World Champions. He wasn’t used in the second game, a competitive 0-0 draw with Poland, but he registered another cameo appearance against Northern Ireland and set a German record for the most European Championship appearances (15).
- Marouane Fellaini-
The 28-year-old Belgian started the Red Devils’ opening match against Italy and even earned praise from manager Marc Wilmots, but the towering midfielder has been an unused substitute in the following wins over Republic of Ireland and Sweden. He made a cameo appearance for his team in the demolition of Hungary, but was criticized due to his rough challenge that earned him a booking.
- Matteo Darmian-
The 26-year-old made started the Italians’ opening Group E match against Belgium, which ended as a 2-0 win for the Italians, but was an unused substitute in the following 1-0 win over Sweden. With qualification secured, the 26-year-old came on for the final half an hour in the dramatic defeat to the Republic of Ireland. In Italy’s last game against Spain, which they won by two goals to nil, he came on as a substitute.
- Paddy McNair-
The 21-year-old defender started Ireland’s first match against Poland, which they lost by 1 goal to nil, and was a second-half substitute against Ukraine, but watched the defeat to Germany from the bench and was also an unused substitute against Wales.