Marcos Rojo

United stars set for the World Cup's last 16

Friday 29 June 2018 10:33

A full team's worth of Manchester United players are gearing up for the last 16 of the World Cup.

The knockout round kicks off on Saturday with two of United's 11 remaining players in Russia likely to face each other in the first game, France v Argentina.

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.

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Former Reds star Cristiano Ronaldo is in action later that evening, when he leads his Portugal side out against Uruguay at the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi.

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.
The following day, our latest recruit Fred will hoping for his first game time at the World Cup when Brazil take on Mexico, who have former United striker Javier Hernandez in their ranks.

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.

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Marcos Rojo scored a dramatic late winner to send Argentina through to the last 16 of the World Cup.

Marouane Fellaini may also have forced his way into Roberto Martinez’s starting XI after a superb performance against England.

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.

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The final last-16 clash could see as many as four Reds in action, as England take on Colombia. Marcus Rashford and Phil Jones played well in the 1-0 defeat to Belgium and could be selected from the start.

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.


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)
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