Manchester United fans will have been watching Germany's 2-1 win over Scotland in earnest, so as to get a glimpse of reported January target, Borussia Monchengladbach's Christoph Kramer, in action. Joachim Löw's side secured all three points thanks to two goals from Thomas Muller. The Scots rode their luck in the first half but lifted their game after the break and levelled through Ikechi Anya.
When not playing rock, paper, scissors with Scotland's James Morrison, Kramer found the time to produce some decent moments of football for his side. Occupying a holding-midfield role, alongside Real Madrid's Toni Kroos, he put in a solid defensive performance, offering useful protection to the German back-four.
While the 23-year-old may currently struggle to match the pure presence of newly-appointed captain Bastian Schweinsteiger, he certainly showed moments of promise in this match. Enough at least to suggest he could one day succeed the man who has been capped 108 times for his nation.
Löw will look towards Kramer in order to replace the solidity lost with his current midfield stalwarts' eventual retirement. He successfully won three tackles and one interception in his attempts to break down Scottish advances, proving his ability to fulfill this task. However, he did concede three fouls, which perhaps hints towards his current levels of immaturity.
He was also able to prove his ability when in possession, accumulating 77 touches in total and completing 87% of his attempted passes. The youngster clearly has no qualms in playing the German-way, and he proved this with his eagerness to push forward with the ball. He fashioned three key passes and attempted four crosses as he looked to aid his side's efforts in the final third.
We witnessed glimpses of Kramer's potential in this fixture, that'll surely have made United fans more excited about speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford. For now, however, he looks set to continue impressing at club level with Borussia Monchengladbach, in the hope that one day he can cement his position as a regular in the German first-team.