Los Blancos and the Red Devils will face off for the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday.
Game: UEFA Super Cup Final
Date: Tueday, August 8
Time: 20:45 (local) / 19:45 (BST) / 14:45 (ET)
Place: Philip II Arena(Telekom Arena), Skopje, Macedonia
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi
Cristiano Ronaldo is back and training with his teammates following an extended break due to his involvement with Portugal in the Confederations Cup. There has been a lot of speculation about the future of the 32-year-old superstar, but it appears he is now set to remain at the Bernabeu.
Los Blancos have been looking really sloppy and unorganized during their pre-season friendlies. Zidane’s men never managed to impress or repeat the incredible form they were in at the end of last season. Of course, pre-season friendlies are simply a test for all managers to see where their respective teams are in terms of fitness, but Zidane himself admitted last week that he was a bit worried for the UEFA Super Cup due to the way his team has been performing.
Potential starting line-up(4:3:3): Navas; Ramos, Hernández, Nacho, Carvajal; Casemiro, Kroos, Modrić; Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema
Manchester United will not be featuring Eric Bailly through suspension as well as Phil Jones, who has been banned following UEFA’s anti-doping regulations. Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young are also not going to be involved in the Super Cup as the trio are still on the road of recovery.
The game against Los Blancos might be the debut for a number of new signings such as Nemanja Matic, Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku, who have all featured in pre-season so far.
The Red Devils have looked much better than Real Madrid when it comes to pre-season performance. Latest signing Lukaku has been quite impressive, while Matic played only 45 minutes, but that was more than enough to see what he can bring to the team.
Potential staring line-up(4:4:2): De Gea; Valencia, Lindelöf, Smalling, Blind; Matić, Herrera, Pogba, Mkhitaryan; Martial, Lukaku