Blaise Matuidi waves to French fans
France saw off Germany to claim a place in the Euro 2016 final, where they will host Portugal this Sunday.
Among the starters for France alongside the irrepressible Paul Pogba, was Blaise Matuidi in the heart of midfield.
The 29-year-old was the subject of speculation linking him to Manchester United earlier this week, with the Manchester Evening News reporting they are to hold talks with his agent over a switch from Paris Saint-Germian.
Matuidi is represented by Mino Raiola, who has helped bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Old Trafford, and it appears likely that either he or Pogba could be a United player by time the season starts.
Paris St Germain's Blaise Matuidi listens the French national anthem
Matuidi would be an older but far cheaper option, and certainly not a bad fall back.
Last night Matuidi was excellent, calmly protecting the back four, along with Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko.
If Jose Mourinho was watching, and it's likely he was, then Matuidi did his chances of a move to United no harm at all, and can add to his reputation in the upcoming final.
Here is a look at how watching United fans reacted on Twitter to Matuidi's performance, and they were split over his display...
I quite like Matuidi....has really done well today....wouldn't be a bad alternative to pogba at all #mufc— Peri D (@pdrizzle83) July 7, 2016
Have to say much as I'd love Pogba to come back - £80m prob gets Varane & Kroos, then £25m on Matuidi !! Seems money better spent #MUFC— RobB1006 (@RobB1006) July 7, 2016
#MUFC:— Övie (@OvieO) July 7, 2016
Plan A: Pogba - €120m
Plan B: Matuidi - €29m.
Either way, we know we're getting a solid midfielder.
I have no idea why are we signing Matuidi. He is exactly what we dont need. #MUFC— Asim Kazi (@asim22kazi) July 7, 2016
Even if we don't get Pogba, Matuidi shouldn't come anywhere near #MUFC.— Derrick Crentsil (@MrCrentsil) July 7, 2016