Several Manchester United players are currently in Russia, at the FIFA World Cup. We are now officially done with the first two rounds of the group stages and after 32 matches are exactly at the half-way line of the competition. Here, we will be taking a look at Man United players that did feature during these 11 days of the tournament.
Spain – David De Gea
David De Gea did not have a great start to the tournament. Against Portugal, he conceded three goals, one of them coming after his big mistake, as Spain drew 3-3. Ultimately, it was his mistake that cost Spain two points, but after that he did show improvement in the next match. La Roja played Iran and managed to earn a 1-0 win. Though Spain had most of the ball throughout the match, it was not like De Gea was not tested at all. He did his job well this time and will be looking to continue like that against Morocco.
France – Paul Pogba
On the opposite side of De Gea’s howler was Paul Pogba with a winner for France. Les Bleus managed to get past Australia in a 2-1 win that had seen two penalties, one for each side. In the second match at the tournament, France won narrowly 1-0 against Peru. The French did not really show too much incredible stuff in these two rounds, but Pogba was good in both matches. There are still things to improve, but he played an important part in that match-winning goal against Peru.
Argentina – Marcos Rojo
Argentina are another team amongst the favourites who had a bad start at the World Cup. Los Albicelestes drew 1-1 against Iceland in their group’s opener and Marcos Rojo played whole 90 minutes for them. In general, he had a good game, as Iceland did not threat too often in this match. In second half, the European side did not even record a single shot towards Argentina’s goal but the match against Croatia was the one that really brought chaos to this Argentina side.
Croatia won 3-0, making this tournament a catastrophe for Argentinians, yet Marcos Rojo did not play in that match.
Serbia – Nemanja Matic
Serbia returned to the World Cup and recorded a win straight away. Nemanja Matic played whole 90 minutes in that match. The midfielder did not really have one of his best games, but the overall performance would be recognized as ‘average’, not poor. Matic made a couple of mistakes in dangerous areas and looked a bit flustered in the first half. Against Switzerland, in his second match at the World Cup, Matic did not play well. After all, the whole Serbian team was too nervous and Matic was one of them, as Eagles lost 2-1 in their crucial battle for the round of 16.
Belguim – Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku had two great matches. He scored consecutive braces against Panama and Tunisia, in Belgium’s 3-0 and 5-2 wins. The Red Devils reached round of 16 with a match to spare, with Lukaku scoring four goals from as many shots on target. However, Lukaku injured his anterior cruciate ligament and will be sidelined for some time.
England – Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford, Ashley Young
England managed to win 2-1 against Tunisia, with a Harry Kane brace, but the second victory was a far better one. The Three Lions beat Panama 6-1, as Jesse Lingard scored a beautiful goal from distance. He was amongst the best players on the pitch, showing how crucial he can be for this England side, while Ashley Young started at left wing-back both matches so far.