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Ronaldo, De Gea, Lindelof – where Man United’s players are on international duty – Manchester Evening News

Manchester United will be well-represented on the international stage during the next two weeks as respective players feature for their countries in Qatar 2022 World Cup qualification.

Marcus Rashford withdrew from the England squad to face Albania and San Marino as the forward continues his recovery from shoulder surgery in the summer whilst Luke Shaw went off with a concussion at the weekend after a clash with Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo and remains a doubt for Gareth Southgate’s side.

Paul Pogba had initially been called up to the France side despite serving a three-match ban for his red card against Liverpool but in one of the first training sessions with Didier Deschamps’ side he pulled up with a thigh injury after dragging a shot wide.

He joins fellow Frenchman, Raphael Varane, on the treatment table after the defender suffered a hamstring injury in the draw against Atalanta.

Manchester United are best represented by Portugal as Diogo Dalot, Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo were all called up for the upcoming internationals.

The 36-year-old will be looking to extend his record-breaking tally for most international goals as they face Serbia in a must-win clash before Ronaldo comes up against the nation he broke Ali Daei’s record against, the Republic of Ireland, which rounds off proceedings for the Portuguese trio.

Victor Lindelof missed Saturday’s defeat to Manchester City after the derby came too soon following the knock that kept him out of the draw in Bergamo. Despite missing the last two outings, he was selected for Sweden and will captain his side against Georgia and Spain.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is back under pressure as Manchester United manager. The Reds’ victory at Tottenham was soon forgotten as they fell to a dire 2-0 defeat in the Manchester derby, and saw the vultures circling around the Norwegian once again.

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There are ramifications surrounding the Swedes international clashes, they can secure top spot should they overcome Georgia and Spain fail to win. Should the 2010 World Cup winners earn the three points, Lindelof will have to maintain a steady ship and avoid defeat in order to book their place in next November’s World Cup.

David de Gea will be at the other end for Luis Enrique’s side as they face Greece before hosting Janne Andersson’s side with the Spaniard’s two points off the pace.

Fred will be looking to help maintain Tite’s unbeaten record in the South American section of qualifying after their win over Uruguay last time out extended the run to 11 games.

But they face tough difficult tasks in order to maintain the untarnished spell as they host Columbia before making the trip to fierce rivals Argentina next Tuesday.

Harry Maguire remains the only definite in the England squad from the Manchester United contingent with the Three Lions needing four points from their final two games in order to book their ticket for the Middle East next year.

The United captain looks set to feature in at least one of the two clashes with Albania’s visit to Wembley first up on Friday before they travel to minnows San Marino, who have a negative goal difference of 31 in the qualification stage.

Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood and Jesse Lingard were among the notable absentees from Southgate’s 23-man squad.

Eric Bailly will be looking to dust himself down following Saturday’s own goal against Manchester United as he looks to cement Ivory Coast’s place in the World Cup.

Mozambique will kick off proceedings for the defender before they face second-placed Cameroon with just a point separating the two.

Scott McTominay maintained his place in Steve Clarke’s side and will go into the latest round of internationals buoyed after scoring the winning goal, his first for the Tartan Army, last time out for Scotland in their important win over Israel.

The United-man was in the right place at the right time to stab home to complete the comeback against a resilient Israeli side. But Group F qualification will be at the forefront of his mind as they face Moldova before Denmark visit Hampden Park – having already sealed their position in the World Cup.

Loanee’s Ethan Galbraith and Dylan Levitt who are on temporary deals with Doncaster Rovers and Dundee United have been selected for Northern Ireland and Wales, respectively.

Full fixture list:

Thursday 11 November

Georgia v Sweden (17:00 GMT)

Republic Of Ireland v Portugal (19:45 GMT)

Greece v Spain (19:45 GMT)

Friday 12 November

Brazil v Colombia (00:30 GMT)

Moldova v Scotland (17:00 GMT)

England v Albania (19:45 GMT)

Northern Ireland v Lithuania (19:45 GMT)

Saturday 13 November

Ivory Coast v Mozambique (19:00 GMT)

Wales v Belarus (19:45 GMT)

Sunday 14 November

Spain v Sweden (19:45 GMT)

Portugal v Serbia (19:45 GMT)

Monday 15 November

San Marino v England (19:45 GMT)

Scotland v Denmark (19:45 GMT)

Northern Ireland v Italy (19:45 GMT)

Tuesday 16 November

Cameroon v Ivory Coast (19:00 GMT)

Wales v Belgium (19:45 GMT)

Argentina v Brazil (23:30 GMT)

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