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Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku has improved a lot after joining Manchester United. His link up play, passing and even his touch have become considerably better ever since his made the move from Everton. Considering that he will be backed up by world class teammates such as Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, Lukaku has the potential to be in the running for the golden boot. Lukaku already has two goals under his belt after his brace against Panama so if you think that Lukaku will win the golden boot, then you should consider World cup betting. Graeme Jones, the assistant coach of Belgium said, “In recent months, I’ve seen huge progress in his game and I’ve had huge personal satisfaction.“His assists have improved, as has his back-to-goal play, his timing in the air, his use of his body, his use of his arms – everything that we tried to work at together five years ago.”

Marcus Rashford

In England’s last game before the World Cup against Costa Rica, Marcus Rashford put in an exciting performance with a stunning long range goal and several crowd pleasing tricks. Rashford clearly showed that when he is given the freedom to express himself, he has the talent to change games. Under Mourinho, Rashford’s role might have been more restrictive but Gareth Southgate’s tactics might suit him better. Jose Mourinho’s defensive tactics has curtailed many attacking players’ careers and Rashford might also start feeling the same effects on his career. Manchester United legend, Teddy Sheringham in fact asked Rashford to consider moving away from Old Trafford to get more game time. So this opportunity with England will be perfect for Rashford to show to Mourinho that when give the right freedom and in the right system, Rashford can be a top player. Rashford might not straight away start for England but certainly will come on late in games when his pace will effective against tiring defenders.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba has had an underwhelming time at Manchester United so far after his record breaking move from Juventus. At the same, even for his national team, the midfielder has failed to impress and given the talent at France’s disposal, Pogba is no longer guaranteed to start every game. This is the biggest stage in football and Pogba has the opportunity to show the world that he is still one of the world’s best midfielders.

Victor Lindelof

Victor Lindelof has not been given many opportunities by Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. The Portuguese manager is still not convinced by any central defenders at United to give them the starting CB spot. He generally alternates between Smalling, Jones and Bailly. But good performances in the World Cup will certainly help Lindelof to rise in the pecking order at Old Trafford.


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