25/06/2010 14:32, Report by Joe Sayers
Red around Africa
Following England all over South Africa takes its toll, I can tell you.
For the last fortnight, I have been on a bus for more than 50 hours in total, travelling to various destinations. And with Fabio Capello's men not winning their group, my time on the move will now increase, but hey, I’m not moaning… I am at a World Cup after all.
While the United players’ involvement in the tournament has taken a hit with the awful French team and the unlucky Serbians heading home, there is still quite a lot of interest for my fellow Reds.Wayne Rooney
seemed more like himself against Slovenia, when England finally started to demonstrate their true abilities, but I’m still worried that he isn’t 100 per cent fit - in what condition will he rejoin United next month? Wayne won’t miss the Germany game though and I won’t be shocked if he finds some form in Bloemfontein on Sunday.Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez
has shown glimpses of his talent. The way he calmly rounded France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and slotted home the opening goal in Mexico’s 2-0 victory will excite many United fans. Tricky, quick and with an eye for goal, he could forge a lethal partnership with Wazza.Ji-sung Park
has been impressive for South Korea. Captaining his country seems to have energised him even more, something I thought was impossible! He scored a lovely goal against Greece in the group stage and with his team now playing Uruguay in the last 16, there is a chance he could be in South Africa longer than any of his club colleagues.
As the knock-out stages begin in an improving tournament, I am predicting a smaller nation will cause an upset and make it to the final.
Chile could do it. Impressive in qualifying for the tournament and then in the group stages, they have plenty of fire power, a brilliant work ethic and the attacking flair of Alexis Sanchez - a player I’d love to see at United - and Humberto Suazo.
Having stayed with a number of Chile fans while in Port Elizabeth, I know they are quietly confident they can go far in this tournament. If they do, there will be one hell of a celebration. Take it from me, those Chilean fans really know how to throw a party.