Real Madrid Poised for Super Cup Victory
With Arsenal taking on Chelsea in the FA Community Shield final on Sunday, the UEFA Super Cup final on Tuesday 8th August, at Philip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia, makes Manchester United the third Premier League team to start off their competitive season.
This game sees the Champions League victors Real Madrid take on the Europa League champions, Manchester United, for some early silverware.
Real Madrid have won this trophy twice in three attempts since the turn of the millennia, defeating Sevilla in 2014 and 2016 but losing to Galatasaray in 2000.
Manchester United, on the other hand, lost in 2008 to Zenit Saint Petersburg and in 1999 to Lazio.
Real Madrid and Manchester United have met already this season, in a pre-season game in front of a record crowd for a football game played in America.
A goal from Casemiro and a spellbinding showcase of skill from Anthony Martial to set up Jesse Lingard had the game tied at 1-1, with United winning in the subsequent penalty shootout.
When it comes to new signings, Manchester United look set to start all three of theirs, with Victor Lindelof at centre-back – due to Eric Bailly’s and Phil Jones’ suspensions – Romelu Lukaku up top as the lone striker, and Nemanja Matic adding some needed muscle in midfield.
Real Madrid, however, will most likely not throw any new signings into the mix, despite bringing in Theo Hernandez and Dani Ceballos, these stars are looking great for the future, but are not Real starters just yet.
Jose Mourinho will most likely look to enforce a defensive strategy against the Spanish giants, trying to frustrate their attackers and bully their midfield, while waiting for his skilful wingers and powerful striker to break through at the other end.
Zinedine Zidane could very well go for the opposite approach, looking to get his superstar forward line of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Karim Benzema – as well as the crafty Isco just behind – into the United back line early on to take command of the proceedings.
Manchester United aren’t favoured at 3/1 with Real Madrid at 5/6 to win in 90 minutes.
However, it looks to either be a Real Madrid blowout or a very close game which either team could win, but given the star forwards on show; there’s sure to be at least one goal each and a lot of great football on show.