Man Utd hyperlinks with international locations in Group A of FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar

The Netherlands crew offered a studying expertise for future Reds midfielder Christian Eriksen, who made his World Cup debut in Denmark’s group-stage defeat to them in 2010, when he was that event’s youngest participant on the age of 18.

The Dutch went on to knock out United gamers previous (Diego Forlan) and future (Edinson Cavani) by beating Uruguay within the semi-finals, solely to lose within the remaining to Spain who had one ex-Pink, Gerard Pique, and two future Reds, Juan Mata and Victor Valdes, of their squad.

4 years later, the Netherlands – with van Persie at his third World Cup and by now a United participant – gained some revenge by thrashing the defending champions Spain, with Mata and David De Gea amongst their ranks, 5-1 within the group stage. Spain went out, whereas van Persie went on to knock out one other team-mate in Mexico’s Javier Hernandez within the final 16, solely to satisfy his match within the semi-finals towards an Argentina squad that includes two gamers who would signal for United quickly after the event ended: Angel Di Maria and Marcos Rojo.

When Ecuador first certified for the World Cup finals in 2002, they went out on the group stage. At their second event in 2006, armed with a 20-year-old Valencia, they tangled within the group stage with a Germany crew together with Bastian Schweinsteiger, earlier than assembly England within the final 16. That iteration of the Three Lions boasted Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney, Gary Neville, David Beckham, Michael Carrick, Owen Hargreaves and Michael Owen. In 2014, with Valencia now stalwart and skipper, Ecuador clashed with Patrice Evra’s France (additionally together with Paul Pogba, then at Juventus between his two United spells, and future Reds defender Raphael Varane).

Senegal certified for his or her first ever World Cup finals in 2002, and sensationally beat holders France 1-0 within the opening recreation with United keeper Fabien Barthez in aim for the French, and defender Mikael Silvestre on the bench. To safe passage to the knockout phases, Senegal additionally earned a 3-3 draw with Uruguay – for whom one of many objectives was scored by Forlan. Within the final 16 they proceeded to knock out a Sweden aspect which featured a younger Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Zlatan would go on to put on a United shirt properly over a decade later.

Senegal subsequent certified for the World Cup in 2018, when – full with Diouf coming off the bench – they confronted a Japan aspect together with former Reds midfielder Shinji Kagawa, drawing 2-2.

For Qatar, that is after all a primary World Cup finals, so that they’re but to create any connections with United gamers previous, current or future on the event. That can change on 29 November once they tackle Malacia’s Netherlands.