Nine World Cup returnees boost Manchester United

Man Utd boosted by return of nine players from World Cup break

Manchester United training ground will be busier this week, with nine World Cup players returning.

Following England, Brazil, Portugal, and the Netherlands’ quarter-final exits, most United players in Qatar have returned to Carrington.

Marcus Rashford played fewer minutes but had a more significant effect than Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw for England in the World Cup.

Brazil’s Fred, Antony, and Casemiro have also returned after their heartbreaking penalty shootout loss to Croatia.

They have been joined by Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Dalot, who were members of the Portugal squad that was ousted in the final eight by World Cup surprise package Morocco. Tyrell Malacia, a Dutchman, completes the large contingent that has returned to Carrington.

All nine players might play in the League Cup fourth round against Championship side Burnley on Wednesday. However, their health will be evaluated beforehand.

Meanwhile, center-backs Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane have been granted extended leave after appearing in the World Cup final on Sunday, with the former now in Argentina celebrating Argentina’s first World Cup victory in 36 years.

Jadon Sancho, who is in the Netherlands for an individual program, is another guy who has failed to return.

Manchester United returns to Premier League action on December 27 against Nottingham Forest. However, Martinez and Varane may be unable to play.