The five-time world champions left the World Cup empty-handed after losing to Belgium in the quarterfinals, leaving only European teams contending for the title in Russian Federation.
The Red Devils demonstrated the full extent of their powers in their 2-1 quarter-final win against World Cup favourites Brazil with Premier League stars Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku once again leading the push for Roberto Martinez's side.
To watch Brazil play in the World Cup is to see Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, known simply as Neymar, writhe around on the ground a lot. Germany meanwhile, has handed a 2-0 defeat at the stadium on the final matchday of group play, which ended its title defense in the first round.
Belgium have reached the World Cup semi-finals for only the second time, losing out to eventual winners Argentina in 1986.
It was Brazil's exit - not Argentina's, not Spain's, not even Germany's - which created the greatest feeling of possibility at this World Cup for nations who haven't historically scalped the heights on the world's biggest sporting stage.
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"We've strived to be as good as we could be at worldwide level and it's taken us two years to get there". He has good players around him, but we have those too.
Fernandes' header was the 66th set-piece goal scored at the 2018 World Cup out of 157 in total.
"What we did have to do from time to time was defend him from rival players who were trying to wind him up". "This team have been playing together for seven or eight years and I think he has brought us tighter together with more belief in winning it".
It wasn't Neymar's day against Belgium in the Fifa World Cup quarterfinals. This isn't just the Scotsman in me talking here, but these two teams are better than England and Croatia - although anything can happen in a final. He's helped me from when I arrived in England, we have a very special and close relationship.
'In general and physical terms, the team flew.