Manchester United International Preview

Mark Runnacles

Up to eight Manchester United players could be on international duty on Wednesday in a round of FIFA friendlies.

FIFA has picked this midweek for a round of international fixtures and most of them are friendlies. Numerous Manchester United players -- such as Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa, Nani, and Jonny Evans -- will miss out due to injury but up to eight other players could feature for their national sides. Here's a listing of those players that could be involved:

* Tom Cleverley (England): The 23-year-old has become an important player for Roy Hodgson's side in the past few months and it seems likely that he will feature at some point versus Sweden. The England manager has called in a mix of experienced and younger players and he wants to show the opponents respect because this friendly is the opening of Sweden's new national stadium in Stockholm. Hodgson spent many years managing in the Scandinavian country. United manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, will certainly have Saturday's trip to Carrow Road in mind so he might be hoping the midfielder doesn't feature for more than 45 minutes.

* Danny Welbeck (England): The 21-year-old is in need of a game after the tremendous form of Rooney, van Persie, and Javier Hernandez (Chicharito) have limited his opportunities as of late. Welbeck will likely be in contention with Daniel Sturridge to start up front. Ferguson, again, might be hoping the striker's minutes are limited versus the Swedes as Welbeck may be needed versus Norwich City if the knocks to Rooney and van Persie prevent them from featuring on Saturday.

* Ashley Young (England): Ahead of Euro 2012, the United winger looked like he was becoming a key player for Hodgson -- whether it was a No.10 role behind a lead striker or out on the left flank. He struggled a bit though for England and injuries prevented him from being involved in World Cup 2014 qualifiers in the past few months. Young should be decently rested after only playing 45 minutes last weekend at Villa Park and he'll be looking to establish himself again in the England sqaud. Once again though, if Ferguson plans to use Young at Carrow Road, then hope that Young's minutes are limited in Stockholm.

* Darren Fletcher (Scotland): For those who are diehard supporters of club football, and are generally annoyed by international football due to mid-season club disturbances, then you obviously have been perturbed as of late. For Fletcher, though, these recent international breaks have been good for him as they've given him a chance to get a run of competitive games after missing out for ten months due to illness. Expect the Scotland captain to start versus Luxembourg, be rested at Norwich City, and then feature again next midweek in United's UEFA Champions League tie at Galatasaray.

* Patrice Evra (France): France travel to Parma to take on rival Italy in a friendly. The United left-back has been first-choice as of late for new manager Didier Deschamps and he'll likely be involved. Again, hope for Patrice to play 45 minutes at most as he's certainly in Ferguson's plans for Saturday.

* Robbie Brady (Ireland): The 20-year-old has recently been sent on loan to Championship side Hull City and he's yet to make a first-team appearance yet for United. The winger, though, has broken into the Ireland national team and manager Giovanni Trapattoni has already confirmed that he'll start in the friendly versus Greece.

* Angelo Henriquez (Chile): The 18-year-old summer buy has yet to break into United's first-team but he's been called into the Chile national team for a second time. He's yet to earn a cap but he could do so in his side's friendly versus Serbia in Switzerland.

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