Manchester United players head to Brazil for the World Cup

After a disappointing domestic season 14 players from Manchester United will be heading to the World cup finals in Brazil to represent their countries in the biggest football showdown in the world. With 4 days left till the start of the tournament let’s look at the Red Devils on the way to Brazil and how they fared in the warm up friendlies.

Danny Welbeck

Vs. Peru:Played the full 90 minutes and had an average game not really making a significant impact as the Peruvians did a good job of limiting his time on the ball. Started the game on the left hand side and lead the line after Sturridge was substituted off.

Vs. Ecuador:Came off the on the 84th minute replacing Rickie Lambert and never had much time to make an impact.

Vs. Honduras:A hard working display in both halves of the field and linked up brilliantly with the rest of the front four at times. Substituted on the 80th minute mark.

Wayne Rooney

Vs. Peru:Started the game in his familiar role behind the main striker. Showed signs of lacking match fitness and was substituted after 66 minutes.

Vs. Ecuador:Started the game on the left hand side of the field amidst calls from the public and media to drop him. Scored England’s first in controversial fashion and had a few chances afterwards. Substituted after 65 minutes.

Vs. Honduras:Linked up well with the rest of the attacking players interchanging positions with Welbeck and Lallana. Provided Sturridge with the pass for England’s best chance of the game. Unfortunately the Liverpool striker was unable to convert. Substituted at half time.

Phil Jones

Vs. Peru:  Played no part as he failed to make the bench due to fitness issues.

Vs. Ecuador: Played 90 minutes and had a solid game making some great tackles. Did well considering how little cover he was being provided by his midfield

Vs. Honduras: Unused Substitute

Chris Smalling

Vs. Peru: Replaced Jagielka at the 75th minute mark and didn’t have to deal with much.

Vs. Ecuador: Played the full 90 minutes and didn’t do much to improve his chances of starting against Italy. Caught out of position at times and looked shaky. Had to be bailed out by his partner Jones on more than one occasion.

Vs. Honduras: Unused substitute

Juan Mata

Vs. Bolivia: Played the first 45 minutes and had plenty of the ball but was unable to find the final ball.

Vs. El Salvador: Unused substitute.

David De Gea

Vs. Bolivia: Unused substitute.

Vs. El Salvador: Replaced Iker Casillas at the 83rd minute mark. Didn’t face much of a threat from El Salvador’s attack.

Adnan Januzaj

Vs. Luxembourg: Replaced Eden Hazard at half time to make his “unofficial” debut. Had plenty of the ball and looked lively as usual.

Vs. Sweden: Unused substitute

Vs. Tunisia: Came on for his second debut at the 74th minute mark. Had limited touches after coming on and was unable to  make a real impact.

Mourane Fellaini

Vs. Luxembourg: Played the full 90 minutes and had a solid game. Provided the assist for Lukaku’s first goal of the night.

Vs. Sweden: Replaced Eden Hazard after 80 minutes and helped Belgium maintain their lead.

Vs. Tunisia: Played the first 45 minutes keeping things simple and had an average game.

Antonio Valencia

Vs. Netherlands: Captain the side and played the full 90 minutes. Not a special performance but better compared to some of the performances we saw from him throughout the season,sometimes even popping up in the central midfield role.

Vs. Mexico: Came off the bench at the 60th minute mark and failed to make an impact as his team lost 3-1

Vs. England: Had a poor game going up against Luke Shaw. Failed to make use of his pace and resorted to drilling useless crosses into the box. Lost his head after a bad tackle from Sterling and got sent off for the reaction.

Robin Van Persie

Vs. Ecuador: The Dutch captain played 80 minutes and scored a trademark volley to equalize for his team.

Vs. Ghana: Played 75 minutes. Scored the only goal of the game in the 5th minute and looked dangerous even after that.

Vs. Wales: Played 45 minutes. The best player on the pitch for the first 45 minutes his shot resulted in Netherlands first goal of the game.

Shinji Kagawa

Vs. Cyprus: Played the full 90 minutes and gave a solid performance through the game. Looked dangerous whenever he was on the ball and created a lot of chances for him and his team mates but their finishing let them down.

Vs. Costa Rica: Played 90 minutes and the undisputed star of the show. Pulled all the strings in the middle of the park. Scored at the 80th minute to give Japan the lead.

Vs. Zambia: Earned the penalty for Japan’s first goal and scored Japan’s second of the game in the 74th minute. Substituted after 77 minutes.

Patrice Evra

Vs. Norway: Played the first 45 minutes of the game and was not troubled by Norway’s attack at all. Put in a few good crosses going forward.

Vs. Paraguay: A typical Evra performance brilliant going forward and no so brilliant defensively. Played the full 90 minutes making some brilliant runs forward but occasionally caught of position leaving France exposed at the back.

Vs. Jamaica: Played the full 90 minutes as France thrashed Jamaica 8-0. Joined brilliantly in attack throughout the game and provided the assist for France’s  sixth goal of the night.


Vs. Greece: Played 83 minutes and was Portugal’s biggest threat throughout the game in the absence of Ronaldo.

Vs. Mexico: Played the full 90 minutes giving another good performance. He was a constant threat to the Mexican defenders throughout the game.

Javier Hernandez

Vs. Ecuador: Almost scored from a header after coming off the bench on the 70th minute. Other than that was fairly anonymous for the rest of the game and failed to make an impact.

Vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina: Got one chance throughout the game which he failed to capitalize on. Disappeared as the game developed.

Vs. Portugal: Made a real impact coming off the bench. Used his pace well and creating many chances for his team mates.