Manchester United have had a mixed twelve months. Jose Mourinho guided his side to a second place finish; their highest position post-Sir Alex Ferguson.
However, no trophies have been acquired, while player unrest is seemingly at an all-time high. With that said, there have been some standout performers who have remained consistent for club or country…
Those guys have been rewarded with a place on the FIFPro World XI shortlist. The initial 55-man roster was released by the BBC earlier today, including no fewer than four Red Devils.
First up, we have David de Gea. His inclusion is a given, with the Spaniard having a real shot at making it into the final XI. His poor World Cup may eventually cost him his place, but De Gea is definitely in the running.
Next, we have Nemanja Matic. He has been a consistent 7/10 performer in a struggling team whenever he has played. I’m pleased that his performances are getting the credit they deserve. He really has been a great signing for us – probably our best under the self-proclaimed Special One.
Thirdly we have Paul Pogba. He was always going to be included after winning the World Cup while putting in some super displays along the way. Honestly, he hasn’t been anywhere near good enough for his club, which has put a dampener on things somewhat.
Last but not least is Romelu Lukaku. He scored goals galore during his debut season at United. He’s already struck three times this term, too. Like Pogba, his World Cup displays forced his name onto the list, and I’m thrilled that he is being recognised as being amongst the best in the business.
Romelu Lukaku in the FIFPro World XI shortlist? My striker > pic.twitter.com/krGeFsRfrB
— OldTraffordFaithful (@OTFaithful) September 10, 2018