Whilst Lionel Messi grabbed the headlines for a wonderful goal in the second half, one man who arguably outshone the Argentine genius was Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic.
The 24-year-old versatile midfielder was excellent throughout, as he stifled a star-studded Argentine side with three tackles whilst maintaining an impressive 92% pass success rate.
|Team||Pos||Won Tackle||Won Contest||Accurate Pass||Total Att Assist||Apps||Mins|
|Miralem Pjanic||Bosnia and Herzegovina||MF||3||4||55||4||1||90|
The former Manchester United target was making his first ever World Cup start, and he wasn’t afraid to burst forward and take risks, demonstrated by his four successful dribbles and four key passes, offensive statistics topped only by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.
The midfielder currently plies his trade in Italy for Serie A side Roma, and over the season he has made a name for himself as an all-round complete midfielder.
Interest in the Bosnian spread with each passing game, as Catalan giants Barcelona were reportedly eyeing him up as a possible Xavi replacement whereas former Manchester United boss David Moyes wanted to sign the player during the January transfer window.
With the Red Devils missing out then, their renowned on-going midfield problems remain and it is a huge cause for concern for new boss Louis Van Gaal.
A number of players have since been linked with an Old Trafford move after Van Gaal’s official appointment, though one of those is not former target Miralem Pjanic.
Man United ultimately made the huge mistake by not pressing on with their former interest towards the back-end of last season, and whilst the player was reportedly open for a move, now it appears a closed case after Pjanic penned a four-year extension to his existing Roma contract last month.