RoM has launched a World Cup preview with football writers from around the world write about the Manchester United players who are going to Russia.
Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young started England’s 2-1 win over Nigeria, playing for 67 minutes. Marcus Rashford came on for the final 17 minutes. Phil Jones left the squad as his wife is due to give birth.
Paul Pogba played for 86 minutes in France’s 3-1 win over Italy. Our midfielder was booed and whistled by the French fans. Pogba’s friend and teammate, Antoine Griezmann, leapt to his defence. “He plays his game, you’re used to him scoring,” he said. “We don’t expect that from him, only that he rotates the ball and plays for the team. He has had a difficult season at Manchester United but he has a lot of confidence in himself.”
Romelu Lukaku started Belgium’s 0-0 draw against Portugal and was one of four players to be rested at half-time. Marouane Fellaini came on for the second 45 minutes. Our striker’s relationship with the fans isn’t the best though, with him reflecting on the standing ovation he received after scoring twice against Saudi Arabia in March. “A first applause after nine years,” he said. “Has everything been forgotten and forgiven between me and the public? As far as I am concerned not yet. One applause in nine years, then it is not forgotten and forgiven.” Lukaku is Belgium’s all-time top scorer.
Victor Lindelof played for 90 minutes in Sweden’s 0-0 draw against Denmark, making his 20th appearance for his country. The 23-year-old got married last week.
Marcos Rojo came on for the second half in Argentina’s 4-0 win over Haiti.
David de Gea will likely play against Switzerland for Spain this evening at 8pm.