How will Manchester United's players fare at the World Cup

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A total of 13 players from Old Trafford will be going to the World Cup in Brazil, but how will they do once there?

Not all Manchester United's World Cup participants will be central to their respective nation’s plans, but some will be and what follows is a short breakdown of what we can expect from each player in Brazil.

Chris Smalling - Taken on board as a back-up defender. He is unlikely to start a single match if Phil Jagielka, Gary Cahill and Glen Johnson to remain fit. He could see a few minutes as a late substitute though.

Phil Jones - He recently recovered from his shoulder injury and like Smalling, is taken by Roy Hodgson owing to his versatility. He is not a starter and at most, will see some playing-time coming off the bench.

Wayne Rooney - Despite many pundits calling for Hodgson to axe the 28-year-old from the starting XI, Rooney will be the key man for England. He is likely to start from the No 10 role and should play all of England’s matches. His form will be crucial in deciding the Three Lions’ fate.

Danny Welbeck - Hodgson likes Welbeck for his pace and work ethic. But his performance out wide against Peru flattered to deceive. It will be him or Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana out wide for England. If he wants playing time in Brazil, Welbeck will have to be content with a wing role.

David De Gea - Reserve ‘keeper for Spain, but he will gain some valuable experience in Brazil.

Juan Mata - Another United player who will probably be warming the bench for his national side in Brazil. Spain have a vast array of talented midfielders so United's club-record signing will be lucky to start a game or two. He could make a couple of substitute appearances though like in Euro 2012.

Patrice Evra - Will start for France, being their first-choice left-back. Will be an integral part of the team’s defence but like Rooney, will need to improve his output at the World Cup.

Shinji Kagawa - A crucial part of Japan’s set-up. Kagawa has never failed to deliver the goods for the national team and he and Keisuke Honda will be the two most important players for Japan as they aim to win the World Cup.

Adnan Januzaj - Considering his age and inexperience at the biggest stage, it is not certain how much Januzaj will play. I expect him to make a handful of appearances from the bench.

Marouane Fellaini - He has impressed in Belgium’s friendlies so far and without doubt he will be a part of their starting XI.

Nani - Like Kagawa, he may have stuttered for United, but is an invaluable member of the national team. Will play all of Portugal’s matches when fit and available.

Robin van Persie - Central to the Netherlands’ set-up he will lead the line for the Dutch and is one of the favorites for the Golden Boot. Of all the United players, I expect van Persie to have the best World Cup.

Javier Hernandez - Hernandez could lose his starting spot after a disappointing season with United. He can be used both as a super-sub and a starter. 

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