It’s a big World Cup day for Manchester United fans. The Reds will have representatives on the field for each of Monday’s three group stage matches. With tournament favorites Germany and Brazil both having been made to look ordinary yesterday, historical disappointment merchants Belgium and England may even start fancying their chances.
Sweden vs. South Korea
Time: 16:00 in Novgorod, which works out as 13:00 in the UK, 08:00 on the east coast of the USA, and a yawning 05:00 over on the west.
How to watch: ITV1 in the UK, Telemundo or Fox Sports 1 in the US, and livesoccertv for the rest of you.
How to watch online: ITV Player in the UK, or Telemundo’s stream in the USA.
Belgium vs. Panama
Time: 18:00 in Sochi, 16:00 in the UK, 11:00 on the east coast, and 08:00 on the west.
How to watch: BBC One in the UK, Fox Sports 1 or Telemundo in the USA, and livesoccertv for the rest of you.
How to watch online: BBC iPlayer in the UK, Telemundo’s stream in the USA.
Tunisia vs. England
Time: 21:00 in Volgograd, 19:00 in the UK, 14:00 on the east coast, and 11:00 on the west.
How to watch: BBC One in the UK, Fox Sports 1 or Telemundo in the USA. The rest of you, you know the drill.
How to watch online: BBC iPlayer in the UK, or Telemundo’s stream in the USA.
Manchester United points of interest
In the first game, center back Victor Lindelöf is a likely starter for Sweden. South Korea are unlikely to provide a stern test, but maybe Lindelöf can start convincing some of us that his transfer wasn’t utterly pointless.
In the second clash, our Romelu Lukaku will be leading the line for Belgium, and Marouane Fellaini, technically still a United player for another week and a half, will probably be involved at some point. Lukaku is Belgium’s all time leading goalscorer, and has been regularly finding the back of the net for the other Red Devils as of late, so Belgium’s hope of making some noise in this tournament depend heavily on our number 9.
Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young are confirmed starters for England against Tunisia, and Marcus Rashford — while carrying a small ankle knock — may be Gareth Southgate’s first attacking option from the bench. Phil Jones will be amongst the substitutes as well, but if the answer is “bring on Phil Jones from the bench,” then something is seriously wrong with the question. England have a young, likeable, attacking team, so it’s only a matter of time before the national media turn on them completely.
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