Manchester United is no match for Real Madrid… Despite the new signings, man u squad still makes no difference.
Champions League holders Real Madrid have
retained the UEFA Super Cup after recording a 2-1
victory over Europa League winners Manchester
United in Macedonia on Tuesday night.
Real Madrid led 2-0 early in the second period
courtesy of goals from Casemiro and Isco , and the
Spanish champions held on to land the title despite
Romelu Lukaku ‘s first Man United goal making it an
uncomfortable conclusion for Los Blancos.
Gareth Bale was named in the Real Madrid XI
despite his recent injury problems and the
speculation surrounding his future, while Cristiano
Ronaldo , having not represented Los Blancos during
pre-season, was expectedly included among the
As for Man United, there were competitive debuts
for Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic and Lukaku,
while Jesse Lingard was preferred to the likes of
Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in the final
third of the field.
Real Madrid came close to opening the scoring
inside three minutes when the spin on a high ball
saw Bale get the better of Mkhitaryan inside the
Man United box, but the Welshman’s instinctive
effort just missed the crossbar.
Lukaku, Pogba and Mkhitaryan were all heavily
involved for Man United in the opening 10 minutes,
and the latter might have won a free kick just
outside the Real Madrid box after placing the ball
through the legs of Sergio Ramos , but replays
showed that the Armenian went down under little
Real Madrid had another opportunity in the 16th
minute when Casemiro wriggled free of Matteo
Darmian to meet a Toni Kroos corner inside the Man
United box, but the Brazilian’s bullet header rattled
off the crossbar.
Isco was next to come close for the Champions
League holders after releasing one from the edge of
the Man United box, but the Spaniard’s effort
missed the crossbar, before David de Gea had to
keep out a fizzed cross from Luka Modric as the
Real Madrid finally made the breakthrough in the
24th minute when Casemiro placed an inch-perfect
Carvajal pass into the bottom corner, although
replays showed that the midfielder had been in an
The Spanish champions continued to dominate in
the period that followed, but the water break on 30
minutes allowed Man United boss Jose Mourinho a
chance to rally his troops as the Red Devils looked
to stay in the Super Cup ahead of the second period.
Real Madrid had a decent chance to double their
advantage in the 42nd minute when Karim Benzema
found space inside the Man United box, but the
Frenchman’s low strike was saved by De Gea,
before Navas kept out a header from Lukaku down
the other end of the field.
Rashford came off the Man United bench at the
interval, replacing the ineffective Lingard in the
process, but it was Real Madrid that continued to
look the more likely to score the game’s second