In the lead up to the World Cup, we have been watching Manchester United players and targets perform in the international friendlies and will continue to do so once the sport’s most prestigious tournament kicks off in two weeks.
Today, two games jump to our attention: Serbia take on Chile and Italy host the Netherlands.
Chile impressed at the Confederations Cup in Russia last summer, but we won’t see them at the 2018 World Cup. After four straight years without a break during the summer, it’s understandable that the Chileans have rested key starts during their summer friendlies, so it remains uncertain whether we’ll see Alexis Sanchez feature or not.
Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal is out nursing an injury.
However, Serbia will not see this encounter quite as low down their list of priorities.
The Serbians are going to the World Cup after coming through a rather weak qualifying group with both Wales and Austra underperforming, and Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland side unable to cut the mustard.
Serbia may well be expected to struggle against the likes of Switzerland and Brazil this summer but, with a midfield general like Nemanja Matic, they could cause a surprise. Moreover, Lazio’s creative spark Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who has been linked with a move to United all summer, will have the world watching his every move. This is very much his time to shine.
Will both Matic and Milinkovic-Savic feature tonight against Chile? Take your own punt with Serbia v Chile betting on whoever you see coming out on top but do be aware Serbian boss Mladen Krstajic will be trialing some potential starters for the World Cup, whereas the game matters far less to Chile.
For the Netherlands, Daley Blind may feature in a potential audition to find a new club after seeing his game time cut short under Jose Mourinho last term.
Inter Milan have been linked with a move for the former Ajax man, as per The Sun, and sources close to United have told Stretty News that Jose Mourinho won’t stand in the way of him leaving the club this summer.
Neither Italy or the Netherlands qualified for the World Cup.