Man United News: Ashley Young, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard, Victor Lindelof

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England are through to the World Cup semifinals, their first appearance in the tournament’s final four since 1990, and just the third in their entire history. The Three Lions squad includes four Manchester United players, so let’s check in on the news surrounding some of them this Monday.

-The Daily Mail asks the question- “is Jesse Lingard England’s unsung hero of this World Cup?” The Mail points out some of his more impressive stats from this tournament. Lingard has twice as many dribbles, and more shots than anyone else versus Sweden. He also boasts a 93% pass accuracy rate for the overall tournament.

Meanwhile Dream Team FC posits the idea that Lingard’s development into an attacking N’Golo Kante could be the key to beating Croatia in the semifinals on Wednesday. Both outlets, as well as pretty much every other reporter covering Lingard this World Cup, have pointed out his impressive work rate.

-Elsewhere, Ashley Young sees the tremendous opportunity that England have for World Cup glory right now.

“We are concentrating on what’s going on now. Not what’s happened in the past. We’re looking forward to the future,” said Young.

“We haven’t won anything yet so there’s no point in celebrating, obviously it was nice to get the victory but I think those celebrations against Sweden were muted because we know there are still big games to come.”

“There’s a lot to play for and I’ve said all along the team spirit we’ve got here has been fantastic and I think you see the way we celebrated after the game – we get ourselves back to the hotel, recover, prepare in the right way and go for the next game.”

Happy birthday to Mr. Young by the way.

As you can see above, Marcus Rashford wished Young a happy birthday today on social media. In case you missed it, Rashford had a very emotional reaction to the England win; breaking down into tears on the pitch.

He also consoled his United teammate, Victor Lindelof of Sweden, on the pitch shortly after England eliminated the Swedes.

-This all Europe World Cup final four is certainly a very compelling one, due to all the engaging storylines.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect centers around how three of the four semifinalists: France, Belgium and England, have a reputation for not meeting the promise of their traditionally extremely talented rosters.

We discussed this angle, while previewing the World Cup semis with Jarrett Payton on CLTV’s Sports Feed last night:

There is a very good chance, 3/4 to be exact that by the time this tournament ends on Sunday, one of these nations gets to bury the underachiever label; at least for a very long time.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, is currently a regular contributor to SB Nation, WGN CLTV and Chicago Now.

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