The 14 Manchester United players playing in the FIFA World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal (Photo by Mohamed Farag/Getty Images) /

Manchester United have a surprising 14 players jetting off to this year’s FIFA World Cup 2022.

Manchester United are fifth in the Premier League table going into the World Cup break. While this is below expectations, they have a game in hand which could see them level on points with Tottenham Hotspur in fourth. That being said, they need their players to return from Qatar injury-free and full of confidence.

Here are the 16 United players representing their countries…

Diogo Dalot, Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

The best place for Ronaldo right now is to be away from Manchester United. However, when representing his country, he will put all the recent drama to one side. It is likely him and Bruno will combine for Portugal’s goals. Dalot is in exceptional form, so he will likely start most matches.

Luke Shaw, Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford (England)

All players who played for England in their last European competition, they will hope to make their country proud. Realistically though, only Luke Shaw is pretty much guaranteed game time. Maguire and Rashford will have to earn it, as they have plenty of talented competition in their positions.

Anthony, Casemiro and Fred (Brazil)

Casemiro will start, he has experience on the big stage. Fred and Anthony will be more sporadic players, as the potential winners of this competition have plenty of quality and depth in their squad.

Christian Eriksen (Denmark)

Denmark are not expected to go far, but their play will run through Eriksen. It will be a heartfelt competition for him too, as there was a point where the world thought he would never play again – what a great and inspirational player.

Raphael Varane (France)

It is likely Varane will be partnered by Arsenal’s William Saliba in the heart of France’s defence. Varane has experience on the world stage and will be hoping to inspire his team to greatness.

Facundo Pellistri (Uruguay)

It is unlikely Pellistri will get much game time. However, the youngster will look to learn a lot from the terrific experience.

Tyrell Malacia (Netherlands)

Malacia’s versatility will help him in his bid to start for Netherlands. He has played well in the Europa League this season.

Lisandro Martinez (Argentina)

Martinez has been good for Manchester United this season. Having got some international caps under his belt already this season, it is likely he will feature.

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