Chile outran, outperformed and outplayed Spain tonight to send the reigning World Cup champions crashing out of the tournament after only two games.
There were plenty of outstanding performances from the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Claudio Bravo but for Manchester United fans, there was only one name on their lips after the full time whistle – Arturo Vidal.
The 27-year-old was like a refined bull on the pitch, powerful yet poised in the tackle and impossible to force off the ball.
There are so many midfielders who could improve United this summer but Vidal is without question one of the best, if not the best, box-to-box midfielder in the world right now.
Here’s what some United fans had to say about his performance:
I don't care what anyone says. Vidal – best box to box midfielder currently out there. United should chuck massive money at Juve.
— ProudRed (@ProudRed85) June 18, 2014
Vidal had a knee operation only a few weeks ago but you wouldn’t have known it from how much ground he covered.
Vidal has run 10.95 kms this game and he is a central midfielder. #CHI
— Ankush Sharma (@OkayAnkush) June 18, 2014
Absolute freakish level of fitness from the Chile players here. Vidal in particular has covered some ground. Very impressive #EspanaVsChile
— Ciaran O'Connor (@ciaranoconnor22) June 18, 2014
UNITED! UNITED! UNITED! (Pls pls pls pls can we have Vidal plllllllls).
— Paul (@NQATPaul) June 18, 2014
I don't think there was anyone left who needed convincing just how good Arturo Vidal is but if there was, they now know.
— Gary (@Gary_W3106) June 18, 2014