Manchester United are one of the most represented clubs at the ongoing World Cup in Qatar and as many as 12 players have made it to the round of 16 stage with their respective countries.
Tyrell Malacia’s Netherlands will start the last 16 phase against United States and it will end with Portugal taking on Switzerland where Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot could be in action.
Here are the dates and kick-off times involving United stars – you can also check the tv schedules here:
Netherlands vs USA – December 3 – 3pm GMT
The Dutch progressed into the last 16 by topping Group A with seven points. On the other hand, it was not smooth sailing for the United States, who had to show tremendous defensive resolve to get the better of Iran and finish second in Group B with five points. Tyrell Malacia is the only United player involved in the fixture and he will be hoping to make his World Cup debut, having been an unused substitute so far.
Argentina vs Australia – December 3 – 7pm GMT
Lisandro Martinez‘s Argentina suffered an early scare in their group to qualify for the round of 16. They started their campaign with a shock 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia before 2-0 wins over Mexico and Poland. Martinez has been involved in two group games thus far and we truly believe he should be starting ahead of Cristian Romaro against the Socceroos today.
France vs Poland – December 4 – 3pm GMT
Les Bleus will be aiming to continue their defence of their World Cup against Poland. The holders are genuine favourites to progress into the quarter-final stage but they will need to be wary of the threat of Robert Lewandowski. United star Raphael Varane will have a key role to play at the heart of the defence to nullify the threat of the Barcelona ace.
England vs Senegal – December 4 – 7pm GMT
United trio Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw have played a significant part of England’s campaign thus far. Maguire and Shaw have been ever-present figures in the line-up while Rashford has played around 120 minutes. Rashford is one of the joint top scorers with three goals and should be fancied to start against the Lions of Teranga.
Brazil vs South Korea – December 5 – 7pm GMT
Brazil have been one of the best-performing sides in Qatar and maintained a 100 per cent win record in the group stage. United’s Casemiro has been hugely pivotal as always in the centre of the park and also has a winning goal to his name against Switzerland. He should be an assured starter for Selecao. Red Devils trio Fred, Antony and Alex Telles could also play a part.
Portugal vs Switzerland – December 6 – 7pm GMT
Bruno Fernandes has been Portugal’s player of the tournament with two goals and two assists. He has been leading from the front and should be a guaranteed starter from the number 10 role. Diogo Dalot, despite an assist in the final group game, may probably have to stay on the bench again as Joao Cancelo appears an indispensable figure in the right-back role under manager Fernando Santos.
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