This is down to some players stepping up for the team. Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, and Cristiano Ronaldo were the notable names dropped from the starting XI. They were replaced in the starting lineup by Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia, and Antony Santos respectively.
The improved performance of Erik ten Hag’s men has seen many of their players called up to the national team ahead of the last international break before the FIFA World Cup starts in November.
20 Manchester United players have been called up to their national teams. Fred, Alex Telles, Casemiro, and Antony Santos have been called up for Brazil. Anthony Elanga and Victor Lindelof were called to the Swedish national team.
Loan signing, Martin Dubravka would be hoping to feature for the Slovakian national team while Lisandro Martinez has been named in Argentina’s team for the upcoming games.
Facundo Pellistri and Hannibal Mejbri continue their rise in the international scene as they have received call-ups to the Uruguayan and Tunisian national teams respectively. Scott McTominay and Christian Eriksen have been called up for Scotland and Denmark respectively.
England’s manager, Gareth Southgate, surprisingly left Jadon Sancho out of his team list ahead of the upcoming UEFA Nations League games but he named Dean Henderson, Harry Maguire, and Luke Shaw in his team.
Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Diogo Dalot have all been called up by manager Fernando Santo as Portugal prepares for games against the Czech Republic and Spain. Raphaël Varane’s impressive form at the start of the season has been rewarded with a call-up to the national team.