Manchester United target Youri Tielemans struggles in Belgium’s World Cup opener – Man United News And Transfer News

Belgium opened their World Cup campaign with a narrow 1-0 win against Canada on Wednesday.

A solitary Michy Batshuayi goal a minute before half-time secured the points for the Red Devils, who will need to improve if they are to make their mark in Qatar.

Belgium were lucky to take the lead, with the Canadians much better in the early exchanges.

Canada started on the front foot and would have found themselves in front had it not been for the heroics of Thibaut Courtois, who saved an Alphonso Davies penalty just after the 10-minute mark.

Belgium survived two more VAR penalties, both of which looked harsh for the Canadians, who were a first-class center forward far from ending the game in the first half.

Batshuayi struck on goal after snatching a long ball from Toby Alderweireld with a minute left in the first half, to give Belgium an ill-deserved lead at half-time.

Belgium improved slightly in the second half with Canada tired after an impressive opening 45 minutes.

Manchester United target Youri Tielemans did not enjoy the best of Belgium’s games, who struggled to get hold of the ball in the first half.

The Leicester man touched the ball just 27 times, posting a 68% completion rate from his 19 passes and was replaced by Roberto Martinez at half-time.

Things might have been different for the midfielder if Kevin de Bruyne had released him when he was in acres of space during an uncharacteristic attack by Belgium in the first half.

De Bruyne, uncharacteristically, made the wrong choice and half and game were up for Tielemans.

The 25-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford with his contract expiring at the King Power Stadium.

Coming into the tournament in fine form, Tielemans will be desperate to improve on his lackluster opening day performance to help secure his move to one of Europe’s elite clubs.

Former United striker Romelu Lukaku did not feature in Belgium’s first match as he was unable to recover from his thigh injury.

Belgium continue their World Cup campaign against Morocco on Sunday.

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