Before the World Cup began, few expected hosts Russia to do anything other than make a meek group stage exit but the support of a lively home crowd carried them to within a penalty shoot-out of the semi-finals.
From that unexpected run emerged some hidden gems, among them CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, who caught the eye with a spectacular free kick in the 5-0 demolition of Saudi Arabia on the tournament’s opening day.
The Russian playmaker had been linked with Manchester United as Jose Mourinho looks to reshape his midfield ahead of a renewed title push this season, and there have also been rumours linking the Red Devils with a cheeky swoop for 50m euros (£44.1m) powerhouse Tanguy Ndombele from Lyon.
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So, we asked United fans who they would rather sign, and the result was fairly conclusive – 72 per cent of them would rather have the Russian World Cup king, as you can see from the poll below…