United stars set for the World Cup's last 16
A full team's worth of Manchester United players are gearing up for the last 16 of the World Cup.
Both Paul Pogba and Marcos Rojo played crucial roles in their sides progressing through the group stages. Pogba had a hand in France’s winning goals in both their opening games against Australia and Peru, while Rojo netted a late winner against Nigeria to ensure Argentina qualified for the last 16.
On Sunday, David De Gea will be hoping he can help Spain qualify for the quarter-finals as they take on hosts Russia in Moscow. The United goalkeeper could be busy against one of the highest-scoring sides in the tournament so far.
Brazil progressed from Group E at the expense of Nemanja Matic’s Serbia side, with Tite’s men winning 2-0 in the head-to-head clash on Wednesday.
Romelu Lukaku will be hoping he is passed fit for Belgium’s tie with Japan on Monday evening. The United striker missed his side's 1-0 win over England due to an ankle injury, and having already netted four times in the tournament so far, he will be desperate to add to that tally and claim the Golden Boot award.
On Tuesday, Victor Lindelof and his Swedish compatriots face Switzerland for a place in the last eight of the tournament.
The United centre-back put in a stellar performance as Sweden beat Mexico 3-0 to finish top of Group F.
Ashley Young and Jesse Lingard are both expected to return for Tuesday’s game. Jesse, in particular, provided one of the goals of the tournament so far with his curling effort against Panama.
WORLD CUP LAST-16 FIXTURES
Saturday 30 June:
France (Pogba) v Argentina (Rojo) (Kazan, 15:00 BST)
Uruguay v Portugal (Sochi, 19:00 BST)
Sunday 1 July:
Spain (De Gea) v Russia (Moscow, 15:00 BST)
Croatia v Denmark (Nizhny Novgorod, 19:00 BST)
Monday 2 July:
Brazil (Fred) v Mexico (Samara, 15:00 BST)
Belgium (Fellaini, Lukaku) v Japan (Rostov-on-Don, 19:00 BST)
Tuesday 3 July:
Sweden (Lindelof) v Switzerland (Saint Petersburg, 15:00 BST)
Colombia v England (Jones, Young, Lingard, Rashford) (Moscow, 19:00 BST)