International Roundup for Manchester United's Stars

Rob DawsonManchester United CorrespondentSeptember 8, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 06:  Daniel Welbeck of England in action during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group H match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium on September 6, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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With World Cup qualifying still underway, many Manchester United players were in action for their international sides this past week.

Danny Welbeck was the pick of United's internationals after scoring twice for England against Moldova on Friday.

The 22-year-old striker scored his seventh and eighth goals for England on either side of half-time in the 4-0 win at Wembley. But his evening was soured by a harsh booking for kicking the ball away that will rule him out of Tuesday's game in Ukraine.

Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Chris Smalling and Ashley Young were unused substitutes, while Wayne Rooney withdrew from the squad with a gashed head.

New signing Marouane Fellaini was in action for Belgium against Scotland four days after his deadline day move from Everton. He was booked and substituted during the 2-0 win at Hampden Park.

Robin van Persie saved Holland from an embarrassing defeat in Estonia by netting a stoppage-time penalty to earn a 2-2 draw, while Patrice Evra helped France keep a clean sheet in a goalless draw with Georgia.

Meanwhile, Shinji Kagawa got some valuable playing time under his belt during Japan's 3-0 win over Guatemala. The midfielder was left out of the squad for United's trip to Liverpool and is yet to play a minute of football in the Premier League this season.

But he played 76 minutes for Japan before he was replaced by Yasuyuki Konno. 

Jonny Evans was another to prove his fitness to David Moyes on Friday. The centre-back hasn't been involved at all this season after picking up an ankle injury during preseason.

But he played 90 minutes for Northern Ireland during the 4-2 defeat to Portugal. 

Nani, fresh from signing a new five-year contract at Old Trafford, came off the bench in the 55th minute for Portugal, who owed their win to a hat-trick from former United favourite Cristiano Ronaldo.