The international break might be over, but the talk about the World Cup is getting louder and louder. Manchester United won 2-0 against Swansea City on Saturday, but as the title race is basically over, it is not uncommon for many people to look towards the greatest football tournament.
Here are the questions Manchester United players need to answer at the World Cup.
Can Jesse Lingard Make An Impact For England?
England are in a good group for them to get out of, but will have a big task in beating Belgium if they are to progress as the leading team of their group. Beating Panama and Tunisia will be a must for Gareth Southgate’s team, but for now remains unknown if Jesse Lingard will have a chance of starting for England.
The 25-year old did well during the March international friendlies, but he will face fierce competition. England will play in a 3-4-3 and it will be hard seeing both him and Dele Alli in the starting lineup in Russia. With Alli’s great performance against Chelsea on Sunday, that task is growing bigger, but Lingard has already proven his energy and movement can be damaging for rivals. He also likes big matches, as well.
Will David De Gea Prove Vital In Spain’s Quest For The World Cup Triumph?
Spain are now one of the main favourites for winning the World Cup. They will want to repeat what they did in South Africa eight years ago and in goal for them will be David De Gea. The goalkeeper has been exceptional throughout the season for United, but can he and his teammates really get to the world crown?
Spain’s strength in depth could prove decisive for winning the famous trophy and De Gea could be important factor. Spain might have one of the best squads in the world, but a world class goalkeeper could get them out of trouble in those tough moments during the tournament.
Can Romelu Lukaku Bring Belgium To The Last Four?
Belgium will face a big test. They are in the same group with England, but what will be expected of them is to really make a big difference at this tournament. The Red Devils went out in quarterfinals of 2014 World Cup and now they will want to make a real impression and at least reach the semifinals. Romelu Lukaku could prove to be the man to get them there. His two goals against Saudi Arabia and one against Swansea could set him ready for a big summer in Russia.
Will Nemanja Matic Prove To Be A Leader For Serbia?
Serbia are in group E with Brazil, Switzerland and Costa Rica and Nemanja Matic will most probably play a big part in their plans of reaching the knockout rounds. United’s midfielder will be the vice captain and his leadership traits will have to come to the fore. With Brazil being their last group stage match, Serbia could already have a great situation of reaching the next round and Matic’s organization and defensive skills will be necessary for that to happen.