For United fans – once the England mess is cleared away – the World Cup has been as interesting from a managerial standpoint as it has been from a players standpoint.
With United manager Louis van Gaal taking Netherlands to the Round of 16, Netherlands v Mexico will be watched for LvG’s tactical approach to the game more than it’ll be appreciated for the talents of United strikers Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez.
In fact, with Manchester United still looking to sign a central defender, fans will be watching Netherlands’s Bruno Martins Indi with a lot of interest too.
The Dutch are favourites against a Mexico side that’s only met expectations by qualifying for the group stages, and how these two teams more comfortable on the counter play will be interesting to watch.
The Sunday game isn’t the only one with United players involved – Patrice Evra will start for France in their game against Nigeria and Marouane Fellaini is expected to start (with Adnan Januzaj on the bench?) for Belgium in their game against the USA.
France were unimpressive in their 0-0 draw against 10-man Ecuador in their final group game, however they should eb a different prospect altogether when it comes to Nigeria. Evra’s ability to create chances from the left flank will be important considering Nigeria have kept two clean sheets so far in this World Cup.
For Belgium, Fellaini will be crucial against a fast and aggressive USA team, and if he can lead Belgium to the quarters it will only bode well for United – we need him playing at his best, and he has seemed to grow in confidence in this World Cup.
Predictions: Netherlands, France and Beligum to win. Good odds on this acca if you’re looking for a betting tip. Also, RvP to score.
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