Why Manchester United are winning the World Cup

The Rio Report

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Unlike most fans of English clubs, there are some Manchester United supporters whose bi-annual summer moods are not hugely dependent on the success of the national side. The 'Republik of Mancunia' banner that hangs in the Stretford End speaks volumes about how sections of Old Trafford feel about England.

So it is perhaps with little surprise that some English United fans will actually be enjoying this World Cup, despite the dismal efforts of Roy Hodgson's side in Brazil.


Javier Hernandez's strike for Mexico against Croatia late on Monday meant six United players have now got on the scoresheet at this World Cup so far.

Earlier in the day, midfielder Juan Mata had scored for Spain against Australia, while Nani has been on target for Portugal and Marouane Fellaini for Belgium. Wayne Rooney finally managed to break his World Cup duck for England but Robin van Persie is the pick of the bunch, currently sitting second in the World Cup scoring charts having found the back of the net three times.

All in all, it's been a fairly positive tournament for United players in Brazil.

He may not have scored yet but Antonio Valencia has impressed for Ecuador, while Adnan Januzaj is present at his first major tournament and England pair Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are set to start England's game against Costa Rica tonight.

Patrice Evra has been solid for France and while Shinji Kagawa hasn't been on top form, he could get a chance to shine in Japan's final group match against Colombia. England forward Danny Welbeck completes United's contingent in Brazil.

You could argue that with more goals to their name, Bayern Munich are beating United in the World Cup stakes, yet there is another reason that the Premier League club are enjoying a great tournament...


New United manager Louis van Gaal too has enjoyed his share of success during the opening skirmishes in South America. The Netherlands boss, who will take over at Old Trafford once the tournament is over, has masterminded three wins out of three for the Dutch, who are among the favourites to win the World Cup.

The gloom that pervaded around Old Trafford for much of last season could, perhaps, be finally beginning to lift.

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