By Kiran Thakare
- Countdown has begun to Euro 2016
- Who are the five Manchester United players who could star for their countries this summer?
Manchester United don’t have a game until April 3 against Everton, but many United players are starting preparations for this summers Euros with friendly games.
The Red Devils boast a number of players who have the potential to become a great player on the international stage.
There are many Red Devils who will be participating in this year’s competition. Let us have a look at the players who could star in this summers competition for their countries.
Martial moved to Manchester United in summer and has quickly adapted to Premier League becoming the focal point of Manchester United’s attack. Barring injury, Martial looks set to be a part of the French squad as they look to impress on home soil.
Didier Deschamps deploys Martial on the left flank as Louis Van Gaal has done at United. He will be one of the key players if France are to have a chance of winning Euro 2016.
Martial creates a lot of space for his teammates with his brilliant wingplay. He was able to notch a brilliant assist on Friday night against Netherlands when he came on the pitch as a second-half substitute, showing his importance for the French team.
David De Gea
David De Gea is slowly winning the race for becoming Manchester United’s Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. The Spanish goalkeeper has been in phenomenal form for the Old Trafford side this term saving numerous points for his side.
Vicente Del Bosque has to choose from Iker Casillas and David De Gea for the goalkeeping position. On the evidence of this season De Gea deserves to be the number one choice for Spaniards in France.
He will be a better and secure oiption in the goal for a Spanish side who are in transition. De Gea was at his best against Italy on Thursday night making six brilliant saves. If he carrys on this form into the Euros he will probably be the best goalkeeper in the tournament.
The name which many Manchester United fans will be surprised to see in this list. The tall Belgian has been very poor this season and the supoorters are crying for his sale in the summer. Fellaini could salvage this season by doing well for Belgium at Euros.
Marc Wilmots admitted that Fellaini will surely go to Euros despite playing less football at club level as he boasts a unique profile. Fellaini has been played just behind the striker for Belgium and he has shown his worth for the national team there.
He has scored 15 goals for Belgium side in 62 caps which is a good return for an attacking midfielder. He scored crucial goals at World Cup and will play an important role for the world number one side.
It has been tough debut season for Matteo Darmian at Manchester United. The Italian started strongly after his summer move from Torino, but injuries and loss of form have hampered his first season at Old Trafford.
Darmian is still very much in plans of Antonio Conte despite his poor season.
Darmian will be key for Italy due to his versatility and quick adaption to changes in tactics. He delivered a very good performance in a back three against Spain on Thursday which showed his flexibility.
Darmian will be looking to prove his doubters wrong with quality performances at Euros and boost his confidence for improved performances at Old Trafford next season.
Chris Smalling has been one of the few success stories for Louis Van Gaal during his time at Manchester United. The former Fulham defender has been in a tremendous form this season and has gathered most clean sheets as a centre-back in Premier League.
Smalling has nailed down his position in Roy Hodgson’s starting eleven for Euros. The English defender will be looking to emulate his club form to give England a very good chance in the competition.
Smalling has delivered when under pressure this season, so it is likely with expectations on his shoulder Smalling can come good for England in this tournament.