Struggling skipper Harry Maguire continued his recent slump after a wretched outing for England against Germany on Monday night – playing his part in two goals for the opposition – while misfiring teammate Cristiano Ronaldo was once again far from his best for Portugal.
By contrast, summer signing Christian Eriksen replicated his fabulous early season club form for his country, netting a stunning long-range effort in Denmark’s eventual defeat to Croatia, before proving instrumental in the shock, 2-0 victory over World Cup holders France where he supplied a whopping eight key passes.
The 30-year-old is rightly grabbing the headlines as a result of those sensational showings on the international stage – as well as at Old Trafford – although there was another Red Devils star who also caught the eye for their national team this week, with long-serving full-back Luke Shaw impressing at Wembley a few days ago.
Unlike the aforementioned Maguire, the former Southampton man reminded both fans and pundits alike of his quality in the thrilling 3-3 draw with Hansi Flick’s side, having recently been restricted to the substitutes’ bench under Ten Hag in recent weeks.
The 28-year-old has been a bystander to proceedings since the debacle at Brentford back in August, having previously endured a wretched 2021/22 campaign, forming part of a side that recorded United’s worst ever points tally in the Premier League.
The £150k-per-week man has remained a firm favourite for Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate despite that recent slump, going on to repay that faith after netting the hosts’ first goal of the night on Monday to help spark a remarkable comeback, with that his first goal for his country since netting in the Euro 2020 final just over a year ago.
Lauded by Southgate as an “outstanding footballer” following that performance earlier this week, Shaw will likely be hoping that his club boss has taken note, having admitted to having discussions with the former Ajax coach regarding his poor early season form.
The £27m-rated gem’s woes at the Theatre of Dreams have handed a chance for recent arrival Tyrell Malacia to impress, with the 23-year-old Dutchman seemingly nailing down the left-back berth since the defeat to the Bees, with his recent form having even seen him compared to club legend Patrice Evra.
While Shaw may not be able to regain his place at the Etihad this weekend due to his teammate’s displays, his recent outing for his country may well have left Ten Hag with something of a selection headache moving forward.