October 22, 2021

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Dylan Levitt took on Paul Pogba in international friendly… for four minutes

Paul Pogba was back in action at international level when France took on Wales last night.

The French had a comfortable victory, winning 3-0 in the Euro 2020 warm-up.

France’s job was made easier as Liverpool’s Neco Williams was sent off for Wales in the 25th minute.

Despite Karim Benzema missing the resulting penalty upon his international comeback, France won 3-0, with goals from Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, and Ousmane Dembele.

Three United players on the pitch

Dan James started for Wales and was asked to play in a forward role up front with Gareth Bale.

Wales’ job became a lot tougher when they were reduced to 10 men and James struggled to get much of a look in.

James and Pogba were joined by United youngster Dylan Levitt, who came off the bench for Wales in the 59th minute.

Levitt was a bit of a surprise selection in Wales’ squad after playing just 14 matches all season on loan spells at Charlton and NK Istra.

He did not get long going up against Pogba in midfield as the World Cup winner was substituted four minutes later, going off in the 63rd minute. Dan James was substituted on 72 minutes.

Levitt could not do much, with France totally outclassing a 10 man Wales who struggled to have any real possession in the second half.

The game could quite easily have ended 5-0 and it felt like France had another gear to go into if they needed it.

France’s forward Kylian Mbappe is challenged by Wales’ midfielder Dylan Levitt

Three United players on the pitch

Dan James started for Wales and was asked to play in a forward role up front with Gareth Bale

Wales’ job became a lot tougher when they were reduced to 10 men and James struggled to get much of a look in.

James and Pogba were joined by United youngster Dylan Levitt, who came off the bench for Wales in the 59th minute.

Levitt was a bit of a surprise selection in Wales’ squad after playing just 14 matches all season on loan spells at Charlton and NK Istra.

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He did not get long going up against Pogba in midfield as the World Cup winner was substituted four minutes later, going off in the 63rd minute. Dan James was substituted on 72 minutes.

Levitt could not do much, with France totally outclassing a 10 man Wales who struggled to have any real possession in the second half.

The game could quite easily have ended 5-0 and it felt like France had another gear to go into if they needed

Quiet night for United players elsewhere

It was a quiet night for United players elsewhere apart from the Wales v France game.

Donny van de Beek and Scott McTominay were both unused substitutes as the Netherlands and Scotland drew 2-2.

None of Dean Henderson, Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw featured in England’s 1-0 win over Austria.

Jesse Lingard did start the game, playing 61 minutes. An injury to Trent Alexander-Alexander Arnold could give him a last ditch chance to get into the England Euro 2020 squad after he was omitted from the final 26 earlier this week.

As far as United transfer targets go, Jadon Sancho did not feature for England, missing the game with illness.

Kieran Trippier started the match at left-back, with Luke Shaw rested, showcasing his versatility.

Raphael Varane started for France and helped them keep a clean sheet against Wales.