We are now just days away from the nation, if not much of the planet, coming to a standstill as the World Cup rapidly approaches.
The tournament will begin this Thursday, with hosts Russia kicking things off against Saudi Arabia, and the likes of Portugal v Spain, Argentina v Iceland and Germany v Mexico clashing over the weekend.
For an average England fan, the World Cup is a chance for hopes to be built, and normally dashed. For many United fans, who by-and-large don’t care too much about any other football team, it’s an excuse to see our favourite players on the world stage. But no matter what you think of England, the World Cup fever is bound to get you. Not only is it a chance to see some of the world’s greatest footballers face each other, but it is a platform for smaller nations to display their football.
It is also a chance to win £25,000 in RedArmyBet Fantasy Football, and with a budget of £100m fans can get a cheap deal with Messi and Ronaldo available for £12m each.
Or maybe the idea of your Premier League rival’s star players helping you win some money might appeal to you. For United fans the likes of Eden Hazard, Sergio Aguero or Mo Salah could potentially be included in your starting XI.
However, if you’re a loyal United fan that wants to back your own, then you are in luck with numerous players from Old Trafford heading to Russia.
These include Paul Pogba, who could be a worthy contender with France having gone on to win eight of the nine matches the United player has scored in. Or why not make England v Belgium even more appealing by including one of Belgium and United’s big name Romelu Lukaku after he scored 27-goals for United last season.
When it comes to goalkeepers, with five clean sheets in his last nine appearances for Spain, Premier League golden glove winner David de Gea is also bound to appear in many squads.
If you’re the patriotic type there are also various England players who you could include. Although Harry Kane has now replaced Wayne Rooney as the poster boy for England’s World Cup hopes and dreams, why not go against the grain and include United favourite Jesse Lingard. The United player had an impressive season under Jose Mourinho, scoring 13 goals in total last season for the club.
There are also some dark horses in the competition that you may want to consider. Maybe you will take a chance on Sardar Azmoun and his manager, former United assistant manager Carlos Quieroz. Dubbed the ‘Iranian Messi’, his international goal tally matches his age at 23.
Or perhaps some of Europe’s stars will make the cut. This could include Morocco’s star man Hakim Ziyech, who won Player of the Year in the Eredivise thanks to nine goals and 15-assists for Ajax. Whilst many will be keeping an eye on Luis Suarez’s jaw along with his footballing ability, Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani is also one to watch from Uruguay. The 31-year-old has scored an impressive 89-goals in 97-games over the last two years for the French champions.
Whilst it is unlikely that we will remember this World Cup as the one where England reached the final, why not make it memorable as the tournament where you won big, with a little help from some of football’s greatest stars.
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