With the World Cup just a few weeks away, the squads have been announced and here are the Manchester United players that will be heading to Brazil. Despite having a poor season, the club have no fewer than fourteen participants at this years tournament in Brazil.
Chris Smalling – A reasonable season, able to offer cover at Right Back and Centre Back
Phil Jones – Called up despite recent shoulder injury. Good cover for defence and midfield.
Wayne Rooney – Been one of United’s better players and is one of the first names on Hodgson’s team sheet.
Danny Welbeck – A much improved goal tally this season, and always well liked by Roy Hodgson.
Shinji Kagawa – Not a great season in a red shirt, but always seems to impress for Japan. Surely a starter for them.
Javier Hernandez – The little pea will most likely lead the line despite his limited opportunities at Old Trafford.
David de Gea – He’s been the player of the season and fully deserves his call up. Doubt he will play though as Casillas is first choice, which is a huge shame.
Juan Mata – Our playmaker’s 6 goals in 6 games secured his position in the provisional squad. Will be hard to get into the starting XI though with Spain’s strength in depth. Could still miss the cut which would be a shame.
Patrice Evra – Managed to get in the squad ahead of Man City’s Gael Clichy. An important member of the French squad and it will most likely be his last chance at a World Cup.
Nani – Unsurprisingly selected. Key figure for Portugal, even though he’s had another wretched season for United that’s been hampered with injuries and poor form.
Marouane Fellaini – Despite an awful debut season for United, Fellaini is well thought of by Belgium and has unsurprisingly been selected.
Adnan Januzaj – This time last year he hadn’t made his first team debut. Now, the boy who can do anything, is off to Brazil after being one of United’s few bright sparks this season. Uncapped for Belgium after only deciding to play for them last month but a great chance for him.
Robin van Persie – Suffered with injuries throughout the season but he’s back fit now and there was no chance he’d miss the plane. Louis van Gaal’s captain for the Dutch side.
Antonio Valencia – Another up and down season for Valencia, but an almost certainty to start for his country where he usually impresses.