The World Cup is a marvelous tournament but which Manchester United players are in most risk of injury or exhaustion this summer?
1) Robin van Persie
The Netherlands international spent several periods of the season out injured this term and his track record of picking up long-term injuries away on international duty will be a concern for Manchester United fans. However, he will be under the watchful eye of Netherlands and United boss Louis van Gaal so there is some hope that he will be handled with care this summer. Holland are often in the latter stages of international tournaments but finger’s crossed the Dutch ace gets enough time for rest and preparation ahead of the new campaign.
2) Phil Jones
The England youngster barely made it into Roy Hodgson’s squad due to the injuries he has suffered this term. The 22-year-old is expected to feature for the Three Lions but you have got to hope the national team coach will use him sparingly and return him in a good condition in order that he can be an important part of the Red Devils’ back line next term in the Premier League.
3) Wayne Rooney
The England and United No.10 was undoubtedly the Red Devils best player last term under difficult circumstances. Rooney played a lot of games last term, 40 in all competitions and with his fitness issues and physical requirements to be at his best level, United fans around the world will hope he has a great World Cup with the Three Lions, does his best for his country, and then comes back with his mind and body focused on the season with United.
4) Juan Mata
Synonymously, United’s record signing is with the Spain side and he will very likely be involved at some stage og the tournament even if he is not a guaranteed starter. It's probable he’ll return late and have less time to prepare for the new season with United. As the club’s most expensive player, one can only hope he returns in good shape as he has barely had a rest in two years since the European Championships in 2012. In that time, he has played an average of 55 games per season for his clubs and country.
5) Adnan Januzaj
Finally, young Belgium starlet Adnan Januzaj is Marc Wilmots' not-so-secret weapon this summer. Huge expectations are placed on the 19-year-old, and the Belgian boss will have to ensure he is not over-exposed, while opposing defences could target him due to their fear of his reputation.