Tracking Manchester United Player Performance in World Cup Knockout Stage

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2014

Tracking Manchester United Player Performance in World Cup Knockout Stage

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    Manchester United players have shone at the World Cup in Brazil during the group stage. However, of the 14 who have taken part in the competition, only five have reached the knockout rounds.

    Belgium's Adnan Januzaj and Marouane Fellaini navigated the early matches with a 100 percent record, qualifying for the round of 16.

    Robin van Persie (Netherlands), Javier Hernandez (Mexico) and Patrice Evra (France) also made the cut for the knockout stage.

    Here we take a look at their performances and statistics as they attempt to become world champions with their countries. 

    All stats supplied by WhoScored.com.

     

     —LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, JULY 6— 

Robin van Persie

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    Saturday, July 5

    Netherlands v Costa Rica

    Minutes Played: 120

    Touches: 42

    Shots: 5

    Tackles: 0

    Successful pass completion: 71 percent

    Robin van Persie made sure one Manchester United player made it to the semi-finals of the World Cup as Netherlands defeated a brave Costa Rica on penalties.

    The game ended 0-0 after extra-time and RvP stepped up to fire his penalty home as the Dutch won the shootout 4-3

    It was an indifferent performance by Van Persie who missed a few chances he would usually convert.

Marouane Fellaini

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    Saturday, July 5

    Belgium v Argentina

    Minutes Played: 90

    Touches: 52

    Shots: 1

    Tackles: 2

    Successful pass completion: 73 percent

    Marouane Fellaini and Belgium's adventure in Brazil came to an end as Argentina eliminated them from the competition, beating them 1-0.

    Fellaini had a tough afternoon up against Lionel Messi who constantly came inside and troubled the Belgian midfield.

    It was a disappointing end for player and country after many predicted they could get to the last four. 

Patrice Evra

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    Friday, July 4

    France v Germany

    Minutes Played: 90

    Touches: 71

    Shots: 0

    Tackles: 4

    Successful pass completion: 62 percent

    Patrice Evra's France crashed out of the World Cup as Germany beat them 1-0, in the quarter-finals.

    The French team were well below par and did not show the attacking qualities they had displayed in the group stages.

    The left-back had a difficult game and was dispossessed in dangerous areas several times, appearing exposed by Germany's counter-attack. 

    Evra will now return to Old Trafford after signing a new one-year deal to stay with the club.

Marouane Fellaini

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    Tuesday, July 1

    Belgium v USA

    Minutes Played: 120

    Touches: 61

    Shots: 3

    Tackles: 1

    Successful pass completion: 78 percent

    Marouane Fellaini had a relatively anonymous night in Belgium's midfield as his side edged their way past the USA and into the quarter finals, winning the match 2-1 in extra time.

    The big player seemed stuck between a rock and a hard placebeing off the pace defensively and not making an impact in attack.

    But with unused sub Adnan Januzaj, Fellaini helped make sure that four Manchester United players make it to the last eight of the competitionwith Patrice Evra and Robin van Persie. 

Patrice Evra

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    Monday, June 30

    France v Nigeria

    Minutes Played: 90

    Touches: 42

    Shots: 0

    Tackles: 1

    Successful pass completion: 78 percent

    Patrice Evra and France eased into the quarter-finals of the World Cup with a solid 2-0 victory over Nigeria.

    Evra and his fellow defenders had a tricky time against a buoyant Nigeria attack with the game remaining goalless until Paul Pogba's 79th minute headed effort. 

    Evra's trademark bursts forward were restricted as his side played a more conservative match than in their group games.

    France now play Germany for a place in the last four. 

Robin van Persie

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    Sunday, June 29

    Netherlands v Mexico

    Minutes Played: 76

    Touches: 28

    Shots: 1

    Tackles: 0

    Successful pass completion: 68 percent

    Manchester United striker and Netherlands captain Robin van Persie struggled in the heat of Brazil as his side edged a 2-1 victory over Mexico.

    The Dutch now proceed to the quarter-finals to face surprise package Costa Rica.

    The pitchside temperatures stifled the speed of the game and Van Persie clearly did not enjoy the harsh effect of the scorching conditions.

    The player was substituted by Louis van Gaal with 76 minutes gone for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar―an inspired move. The replacement scored the winning goal in the 94th minute. 

Javier Hernandez

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    Sunday, June 29

    Netherlands v Mexico

    Minutes Played: 15

    Touches: 9

    Shots: 0

    Tackles: 0

    Successful pass completion: 75 percent

    Mexico once again fell at the round of 16, crashing out after a 2-1 defeat to the Dutch, leaving Chicharito's World Cup ambitions in pieces.

    The Manchester United striker once again began the match on the bench and was brought on late in the second half to try to close the game out with Mexico leading. 

    It was not to be for the Little Pea. He will now return to United to discuss his long-term future at the club.