With this summer’s World Cup tournament rapidly approaching club fans will be turning to events in Brazil in order to see their side’s best players in international action.
Despite a poor Premier League campaign Manchester United have a wealth of representatives in football's biggest competition, the majority of whom will be given the opportunity to impress over the coming weeks.
Here we pinpoint the five Red Devils who could make the biggest splash in this year’s competition.
Robin van Persie – Holland
Having endured a tough time with injuries and lack of form with Man United, Robin van Persie will be looking to Brazil as an opportunity to find his feet. The Dutch ace is counting on the World Cup to act as a cure for a 'complicated' season at club level and, as the focal point of Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands team, a fruitful summer campaign could be in the offing.
He was the top-scorer of any European nation in qualifying with 11 goals and he will be looking to replicate this form come July.
Shinji Kagawa – Japan
Kagawa made just 23 appearances in all competitions last season and has admitted the World Cup kept him motivated when he found himself out of the first team.
He has played a bit-part role under both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes at Old Trafford, failing to establish himself as a regular starter since his move from Borussia Dortmund. He is a key player for Japan and he will feature at the centre of any success in the summer. The first challenge will be achieving qualification from a difficult group C.
Javier Hernandez – Mexico
Javier Hernandez thrives on the international stage and he, like many others in this article, will use the World Cup as an opportunity to boost his chances of first team football under Van Gaal.
The 25-year-old was limited to just six starts in the last Premier League campaign, and has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford - with Inter Milan reportedly interested. However, a decent run-out and a few goals in Brazil could be enough for him to stay.
Adnan Januzaj - Belgium
Adnan Januzaj has experienced an incredible rise to fame throughout the past 10 or so months with a well-deserved World Cup call-up capping an unimaginable season.
Just three weeks after the youngster made the choice to play for the country’s national team, manager Marc Wilmots made the decision to gamble on his inclusion. His selection was met by uproar by factions in the current side, but he know has the opportunity to prove his doubters wrong.
Nani - Portugal
Having endured a season of limited game-time, Portugal’s World Cup campaign could provide the perfect opportunity for Nani to reinstate himself as an important asset for the Red Devils.
The winger is known for his dribbling ability and creativity and this could come into full force alongside Ronaldo and co. This is his chance to prove to the incoming van Gaal that he is worth a place in next season’s Manchester United team.