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Best Reds in Brazil?

Adam Marshall predicts how each country with United players will fare at the World Cup...

Belgium: Quarter-finals
Ecuador: Group
England: Group
France: Last 16
Japan: Group
Mexico: Group
Netherlands: Group
Portugal: Last 16
Spain: Quarter-finals


10/06/2014 12:00, Report by Adam Marshall

Blog: Beware Belgium

This week, we’ve asked fans which Reds will go furthest at the World Cup. Here, ManUtd.com's Adam Marshall offers his view on the poll...

Belgium had a good side when I first really started getting into football. I remember Guy Thys' team going all the way to the Europa '80 final before the amusingly-named Horst Hrubesch scored both goals in West Germany's win.

They were regulars at the World Cup finals and reached the semi-finals in 1986 with a number of individuals catching the eye - from keeper Jean-Marie Pfaff all the way through to striker Nico Claesen. Enzo Scifo was a class act in midfield while I always remember Jan Ceulemans being a particularly hard worker. For the first time since 2002, Belgium are back at a major tournament after a rebuilding process that followed the retirement of several stars. There is little doubt the wait has been worth the while with a young squad brimming with talent tipped by many to be dark horses in Brazil.

No fewer than 12 of the 2014 squad ply their trade in England and there is genuine quality available to coach Marc Wilmots. There may be question marks at full-back but the attacking prowess of Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and our very own Adnan Januzaj is exciting, to say the least. Marouane Fellaini adds steel in midfield and Thiabaut Courtois rivals David De Gea for the mantle of the best young keeper in the world.

Wilmots' charges should strive to not only qualify from Group H but emerge as winners from a pool that also contains Algeria, Russia and South Korea. A difficult contest, possibly with Portugal, would follow in the knockout stages but not many nations will fancy facing Belgium if they can put their lack of tournament experience behind them.

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