Real Madrid vs Manchester United
International Champions Cup
Date: Saturday, 22nd July 2017
Kick-off at 22:00 UK/ 23:00 CET
Venue: Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara).
Real Madrid play their first game of the pre-season against Manchester United on Sunday. The Whites will play Manchester City next before signing off from the tournament against their arch rivals Barcelona on 30th July.
Madrid are bringing a strong side to the tournament. However, they will be without their number seven, Cristiano Ronaldo. Now that Alvaro Morata completed his switch to Chelsea, the Whites are shot on options in attack. Nevertheless, this is a chance for Zidane to give his fringe players an extended run out.
Manchester United kept their good form in the pre-season going by beating Manchester City 2-0 in their opening match of the tournament. They are touring the States since the start of the month and have defeated the likes of LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake in entertaining encounters.
Real Madrid vs Manchester United: Head-to-head
Their last meeting was in the 2014 edition of the In International Champions Cup. United won 3-1 with Ashley Young getting his name on the score-sheet twice. Gareth Bale scored the lone goal for Real from the penalty spot.
Real Madrid vs Manchester United: Predictions
United looked in fine touch throughout this pre-season and they will be in better shape and getting some valuable playing time under their belts. On the other hand Madrid, might need some time to get their sharpness back. They could be on the back-foot from kick-off especially in the absence of star man Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real Madrid vs Manchester United: Bet Tips
FT – Man United to win for 3.50 odds with Betfair.
Over 2.5 goals for 1.73 odds is a banker.