David de Gea found escapism again between the sticks for Luis Enrique’s renascent Spain, who recorded a comprehensive 4-0 win over the Ukraine.
De Gea received the armband after Sergio Ramos came off with half-an-hour to go and Spain had all but won the game before half-time by taking a 3-0 lead into the interval.
New Manchester City signing Ferran Torres scored an adroit volley but Barcelona prodigy Ansu Fati stood out in La Roja’s serene Nations League win at the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium.
Fati’s strike was assisted by Sergio Reguilon and, on a United transfer-related note, Reguilon was forced off late on with a nasty-looking ankle injury. Reguilon did not require much on-pitch treatment before he was carried down the tunnel and on Twitter he suggested he would merely be sidelined for a week. United are monitoring Reguilon, 23, amid uncertainty over their situation at full-back.
De Gea enjoyed a morale-boosting performance in the 1-1 draw with Germany in Stuttgart last week and the return of Enrique to the coach’s position has secured De Gea’s status as Spain’s No.1.
Wales continued their fine form under Ryan Giggs with an added time win over Bulgaria. Daniel James played the full 90 minutes again in an attacking trident that also featured Gareth Bale and David Brooks behind striker Kieffer Moore.
United midfielder Dylan Levitt was an unused substitute as he prepares to embark on a season-long loan. Neco Williams’ winner means Wales are at the summit of Group B4 with four more games to play.
James, 22, claimed an assist in last week’s victory over Finland and has benefited from time away with his nation after an unimpressive calendar year with United.