Jose Mourinho has said it was very hard for United to win the Europa League, but that the Champions League is where the real winners are. Going into the match United have had a hard pre-season having lost against Barcelona. Although it wasn’t all doom and gloom, with the club managing wins against both Real Madrid and Manchester City, though they fielded very weakened sides.
The manager was asked in his pre match conference on what the chances were beating Real Madrid, with his response being that his team are going to try… United fans former favourite Cristiano Ronaldo is unlikely to start as he has been on an extended break from the club. Though the Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has said that the players match fitness is as good as it was for the Champions League final, so the club legend might decide to field him.
The Manchester United manager has never won the Super Cup before, with this being the perfect chance to beat the team which he left in unhappy circumstances all those years ago. In terms of team news, United’s new signing Nemanja Matic could start for the team after making a surprise start for the team last week after only three days at the club.
With United’s first Premier League match only four days away, it means that the manager might decide to rest a few players. Paul Pogba and Ander Herrara are most likely to start alongside the new signing from Chelsea. Though it’s going to be tough to choose the defence with both Eric Bailly and Phil Jones out suspended.