Mixed fortunes for United’s England quartet at the World Cup

Manchester United’s quartet of England stars will be itching to play their part as the Three Lions take on Colombia in the last 16 of the World Cup on July 3.

Both sides had mixed fortunes in their group stages matches, with England beating Tunisia and Panama before being narrowly defeated by Belgium.

Colombia lost their opening game against Japan, but they bounced back with victories over Poland and Senegal.

Read on as we look at the impact made by United’s England contingent at the tournament so far.

Ashley Young

The 32-year-old was rested for the Belgium game, but he is likely to be recalled to the starting line-up against Colombia.

Tottenham wing-back Danny Rose looked short of match sharpness against the Belgians and his half-hearted attempt to stop Adnan Januzaj’s game-winning goal was particularly poor.

Young played well in the opening two games and his overall fitness should see him given the nod against the South American side.

Jesse Lingard

Lingard has become an integral part of England’s attacking play and he looks certain to play a leading role on Tuesday.

He was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet against Tunisia, before bagging one of the goals of the tournament during the 6-1 victory over Panama.

The 25-year-old is priced at 13/5 with NetBet to score during the 90 minutes against Colombia and that looks well worth an interest.

Marcus Rashford

The forward saw just 22 minutes of action in England’s opening two games, before being handed a start against Belgium.

Rashford did not see a great amount of the ball, but he missed a glorious chance to equalise after racing through on goal in the 65th minute.

He is likely to return to the bench against Colombia and looks more suited to a role as an impact substitute in Russia.

Phil Jones

Jones was steady enough defensively against Belgium, although some of his passing left a lot to be desired.

Manchester City pair Kyle Walker and John Stones along with Leicester City’s Harry Maguire appear to be manager Gareth Southgate’s preferred defensive line-up and it’s difficult to argue with his selection.

The United defender’s versatility could see him step in if England picks up any injuries, but he is unlikely to start against Colombia.

Conclusion

It’s fair to say that it’s been a mixed bag for United’s England foursome at the World Cup, with only Young and Lingard playing to the level they are capable of producing.

Rashford’s best chance of shining could come later in matches, while Jones may need other players to suffer bad luck if he’s to see any further game time.


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