Real Madrid vs Manchester United
UEFA Super Cup 2017
Date: Tuesday, 8th August 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Philip II Arena, Skopje (Macedonia).
The defending Champions League and Super Cup champions Real Madrid take on Europa League champions for the 2017 edition of the UEFA Super Cup.
The Los Blancos reached here for the second consecutive year by defeating Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final at Cardiff last year. Meantime, United won the Europa League against Ajax by a comfortable 2-0 margin.
Real Madrid made 5 appearances at the Super Cup and were won the title three time. Last year, the team managed by Zidane defeated fellow La Liga rivals Sevilla 3-2 in extra time.
Manchester United lifted the trophy in their first ever appearance in 1991. The defeated Red Star Belgrade by a solitary goal. The made two more appearance since then, losing out to Lazio in 1999 and Zenit St Petersburg in 2008.
Real Madrid: Team News
Cristiano Ronald returned to the training with Madrid after an extended holiday following his participation with Portugal in the Confederations Cup in Russia. We are expected to see his start alongside Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema in the attacking front.
The new signing Theo Hernandez will be fighting for a starting place alongside Varane to partner Sergio Ramos. While the youngster Dani Ceballos, who arrived from Betis might have to content with a place in the bench.
Real Madrid: Predicted Line-up (4-3-3)
Navas – Marcelo, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane – Casemiro, Modric, Kroos – Benzema, Bale, Ronaldo.
Manchester United Teams News
Mourinho has to fill the void in defense after Phil Jones is suspended due to doping allegations. The industrious Eric Bailly is already out through accumulation of yellow cards.
Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo are sidelined through injuries. While, Jesse Lingard is a major doubt after picking up a knock in the pre-season.
The new signings Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof could all make their first competitive appearance in a Manchester United shirt.
Manchester United: Predicted Line-up (4-2-3-1)
De Gea – Valencia, Blind, Lindelof, Smalling – Matic, Herrera, Pogba – Mkhitaryan, Mata, Lukaku.
Real Madrid vs Manchester United: Head-to-head
The teams recently met at the International Champions cup, United won on penalties after the match tied at 1-1 in the regular time.
Real Madrid have the better off Manchester United in their meetings at UEFA competitions. The Whites won 3 of the 6 meetings alongside 2 draws, United winning just once.
Real Madrid vs Manchester United: Prediction
Both teams will want to kick start their competitive season with a silverware and therefore expect an pretty open game on Tuesday. This is a one-off final and do not expect both team to hold back from expressing themselves.
The bookies think Real Madrid are favourites, but given inspiration from a solid pre-season Manchester United are likely to fight through thick and thin here. From LeagueLane analysis, this match has no clear favourites and the final result could either ways.