Three Manchester United players were in action on Monday at Euro 2016.
The main winner for the day was undoubtedly David de Gea who started for Spain in their 1-0 victory over Czech Republic. While he was quiet for the majority of the match with Spain in total control, he did make a couple of good saves including a vital one in the dying seconds when the ball was lashed right at him.
It’s a huge step for De Gea to have been chosen over Iker Casillas by Vicente del Bosque in tournament football and one which hopefully continues for the tournament.
Matteo Darmian played in a highly unorthodox left-wing/left wing-back role for Italy. Antonio Conte had Italy set up perfectly for Belgium and I thought Darmian played very well. It’s not a position I ever expect to see him in with Manchester United but overall he impressed me.
As did Marouane Fellaini. The big Belgian splits Man United fans like no other player in the current squad but like Bastian Schweinsteiger with Germany, he does seem to save his better football for when playing with his national team. He was less impressive when he got moved into a deeper midfield role but overall he was one of Belgium’s better performers in an otherwise disappointing game for them.