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Manchester United players to look out for in the World Cup

RvP LvG WC2014With 14 players in the final 23 for each country, Manchester United will have the third largest contingent in Brazil.

FC Barcelona and Chelsea are the only clubs to have more representatives, with 16 and 15 respectively.

However, of the top three clubs represented in the World Cup, Man Utd is the only one with players from each line of play. Furthermore, it is the only team with a manager currently engaged in the tournament.

Here is a line-by-line breakdown of the Red Devils present in Brazil, and what to expect from their performances.

Strikers

Offensive players have showed mixed results in their Brazilian campaign : Van Persie delivered an artful performance in Holland’s win over Spain, while Rooney and Wellbeck displayed a more effortful game against Italy.

As for Nani and Hernandez, their pivotal role respectively in the Portuguese and Mexican offense will decide the qualification.

The best marker of their expected results in the World Cup are their odds to become top goalscorer in the tournament. These are as follows:

Robin Van Persie : 8/1
Rooney : 100/1
Hernandez : 250/1
Wellbeck : 500/1

The referrer code offered by Bet365 allows players to place their first wager free of risk.

Midfielders

Organising the game for Belgium, much is expected from Fellaini and Januzaj to carry Belgium – the other Red Devils – to new heights.

Kagawa and Valencia will have the difficult task of qualifying Japan and Ecuador, both in great difficulty after losing their opening match in the competition.

Defenders

Patrice Evra will be occupying the left flank of the French defence, where he worked tirelessly in France’s win over Honduras.

Smalling and Jones, both on the bench for England’s opening match, could clinch a position in the starting eleven should Hodgson need to rearrange the squad.

Goalkeepers

Spain’s astounding collapse against Holland and especially Casillas’ much criticised performance, which he described himself as ‘the worst in his career’, should benefit De Gea.
Second in line to defend the Spanish goal, Man United’s giant should be given a chance to turn things around for the champions upcoming games.

Managers

The real surprise, and that is one no other club can claim to have, is that Louis Van Gaal, the Netherlands’ managers and architect of the ruthless victory over Spain will be sitting on the bench in Old Trafford next season.
His advocacy of an offensively driven and direct football left the title-holders speachless during the 90 minutes of play. Supporters can look forward to having one of the top managers in the world to craft their future success next season.