11 Manchester United players reach World Cup knockout stages

by Alex Turk

12 Manchester United players flew to Russia with their respected countries for the 2018 World Cup this summer and 11 of them still remain as the knock-out stages commence.

There has already been a number of stand-out performances from Man United players in this year’s tournament, with many representatives playing for frontrunners who are tipped to go all the way and lift the iconic trophy.

Notable United names were left out of their respected squads; Spanish duo Ander Herrera and Juan Mata were omitted, Chris Smalling didn’t make the England cut and Anthony Martial was a surprise absentee from the French set-up.

The 12 stars who did get a place on the plane though were: Marcos Rojo (Argentina), Marouane Fellaini and Romelu Lukaku (Belgium), Phil Jones, Ashley Young, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford (England), Paul Pogba (France), Nemanja Matic (Serbia), David de Gea (Spain), Victor Lindelof (Sweden) and new £50m summer signing Fred (Brazil).

Lingard and Lukaku in particular lit up Group G for England and Belgium, with the 25-year-old winger netting a stunning strike against Panama and the latter currently second in the race for the golden boot with four goals.

Matic, however, is the only United man to have suffered a group stage exit as his Serbia side were eliminated from Group E in which Brazil expectedly topped it and Switzerland bettered them for second.

We’ll get to see one United vs United clash in the last 16, as Rojo’s Argentina, who narrowly scraped through Group D, take on Pogba’s France after they finished top of Group C.

Jose Mourinho will be hoping none of his players go to far in the World Cup though, as United fly out to the United States on the day of the final in Moscow, meaning the manager could be without several key names for the start of 2018-19 preparations.

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