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World Cup 2018: Day 24 at The Busby Babe

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Two high profile Reds face off in Tuesday’s semi-final.

UEFA Super Cup - Previews Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

Oh no. We’ve only got four games left. On Tuesday, France face off against Belgium in the first semi-final of the 2018 World Cup. For many, the winner of this one will be heavy favorites to lift the cup on Sunday. This one should be close, and high on quality.

France vs. Belgium

Time: 21:00 in St. Petersburg, 19:00 in the UK, 14:00 on the east coast, and 11:00 over on the west.

How to watch: Check out BBC One in the UK, and Telemundo or FOX in the USA. Everyone else, click here.

How to watch online: BBC iPlayer in the UK, and Telemundo’s stream in the USA.

Manchester United points of interest

For Belgium, Romelu Lukaku will lead the line. Lukaku has been instrumental in Belgium’s attacking play during this tournament, even if the goals have dried up somewhat in the knockout rounds. Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti - each linked with United themselves at different points - will have their work cut out for them. In the (other) Red Devils’ midfield, Marouane Fellaini will feel that his performance in the quarterfinal was enough to guarantee his place in the starting XI against France. Fellaini was effective as a game-breaking substitute in the round of 16, but proved himself a useful and disciplined presence from the start against Brazil in the subsequent round.

For Les Bleus, Paul Pogba has had a quiet if relatively effective tournament. Pogba’s functional displays have largely mirrored the performance of the team as a whole. Given Didier Deschamps’ conservative instincts, this is likely by design. Still, it would be nice to see Pogba put more of a creative stamp on the match on Tuesday.

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