Manchester United will take on Champions League winners Real Madrid in Macedonia on Tuesday in the UEFA Super Cup and have a chance to pick up more silverware and lay down an early marker to Europe’s elite ahead of their return to the Champions League next season.
Jose Mourinho will be without Eric Bailly and Phil Jones – arguably his two best centre backs over pre-season – with the former still serving a three game ban and the latter banned for two after verbally abusing a doping official in the wake of Man United’s 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final.
Supporters will be keen to see more of new signing Nemanja Matic after the Serbian, despite having no game time over pre-season, delivered a powerful performance against the Italian side on Wednesday.
For Madrid, doubt looms over whether Cristiano Ronaldo will face his old club. The Portuguese hasn’t played a single game over pre-season after being afforded extra time off following his exploits at the Confederations Cup but has been training hard to place himself in contention for the clash against his former boss.