It’s been a mixed bag of results over the weekend for United’s World Cup contingent.
England stars Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck endured a 43-minute delay in their match against Honduras in Miami due to a thunderstorm, amid echoes Ukraine v France during Euro 2012, when play was halted for almost an hour due to a deluge five minutes into the game.
However on this occasion the pitch withstood the heavy rain – as did many England fans, who marked the downpour as only England fans could (getting rid of their shirts and dancing topless in the stands).
The game eventually resumed but England’s promising early play didn’t, and the match finished in a dull 0-0 draw.
There was better news for David de Gea, Juan Mata and Adnan Januzaj – the latter of which made his international debut once more, after his first was chalked of by FIFA. He still ended up on the winning side, though, with Dries Mertens scoring Belgium’s winner against Tunisia minutes from time.
De Gea also made his international debut, replacing Iker Casillas for the final seven minutes of Spain’s 2-0 win over El Salvador. Mata was an unused substitute.
Shinji Kagawa continued his fine pre-World Cup form, scoring the equaliser as Japan came from 2-0 down to beat Zambia 4-3 in thriller.
The United playmaker followed up Keisuke Honda’s penalty to cancel out Zambia’s shock 2-0 lead, with Honda scoring again afterwards to put Japan 3-2 up.
Zambia equalised in the 89th minute, Lubambo Musonda seemingly giving them a creditable draw, but Yoshito Okubo fired home a late winner to maintain Japan’s 100% record in the build up to the World Cup.
Patrice Evra played 90-minutes as France beat Jamaica 8-0, yes 8-0.
We will be keeping a close eye on all Manchester United’s player over the World Cup, starts on Thursday so not long to go!