Russia have one foot in the next round of the World Cup after yet another brilliant display on home soil last night. Following up on their 5-0 opening day win against Saudi Arabia, they defeated Egypt 3-1 to effectively send the Pharaohs and Mohamed Salah home.
Plenty of the Russia players again caught the eye but perhaps none more so than midfielder Aleksandr Golovin.
The CSKA Moscow man started the tournament on the left-wing but an injury to Alan Dzagoev has seen him move into a more suitable central position. The results have been excellent.
After pulling the strings against Saudi Arabia he carried on where he left off, with Egypt unable to stop him from influencing the game.
His form is, as expected, catching the eye of Premier League sides. One such team is Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho, working for Russian TV in Moscow, has praised his performances publicly and, as reported by The Mirror, his father revealed the 22-year-old has begun learning English.
Competition in the player is fierce, but it appears Manchester United are one of the teams keen on his signature.
Fans are certainly hopeful that is the case. Manchester United supporters took to Twitter yesterday, revealing their support for any potential Golovin pursuit. Many feel he can be an excellent replacement for Juan Mata, with the Spaniard’s talents starting to fade.
Here is some of the best reaction from Manchester United fans…
— Robbie (@r0bsssss) June 19, 2018
Mata OUT, Golovin IN would be great#mufc
— Hashhh ?? (@hashkhan_) June 19, 2018
— Azad (@AazMedia) June 19, 2018
— Starboy Blaze (@balisebitz_2) June 19, 2018
Golovin is very confident on the ball, isn’t afraid to run at players, can use either foot. A lot of clubs will want him if he continues this form.
— Judas (@RealThingMUFC) June 19, 2018
— Pasi Virtala (@PasiVirtala) June 19, 2018
Golovin is a technically quality player, but I question how his physicality would match with the Premier League. I seen him thriving in the Seria A, but question whether he would be able to perform at its fullest in the premier league. #WorldCup
— MUFC_Source_ (@MUFC_Source_) June 19, 2018
United need to go all out and sign Golovin mate to replace mata
— richard ??duff?? (@richardduff1) June 19, 2018
— Ashell mokhaya (@AshellMokhaya) June 19, 2018
— AND THAT’S DALOT (@LouiseODonoghu2) June 19, 2018
In my opinion #sergej would be a great buy but @ManUtd needs to take a closer look at #Golovin his composure will be beneficial to our midfield plus he would come way cheaper than the former. #mufc #Transfers
— HaTeR (@anyiohals) June 20, 2018