Real Madrid vs Manchester United
Competition: UEFA Super Cup
Date: 8 August 2017
Kick-off: 20:45 CET
Zinedine Zidane admitted that Real Madrid’s preseason tour in the US didn’t go the way they had hoped, saying that “it’s because a little bit of everything”, unable to find one main explanation for his team’s three defeats on US soil. They lost on penalties to Manchester United (the game ended 1-1), they got embarrassed (4-1) by Manchester City, lost to Barcelona as well (3-2), and only managed a win over the MLS All-Stars on penalties, after a 1-1 draw in regular time. Cristiano Ronaldo was missing, was given extended vacation to rest after a very long last season and his participation in the FIFA Confederations Cup with Portugal in June. He returned to training just a couple of days ago. So far this summer, they have signed left-back Theo Hernández and central midfielder Dani Ceballos, in what has been a very ‘quiet’ transfer period for them. Obviously, there are more than three weeks left for them to strengthen the squad, something necessary, after the departures (selling or loaning out) of Alvaro Morata, Danilo, James Rodriguez, Mariano Diaz, Pepe, Fabio Coentrao, and others.
Manchester United did infinitely better than Real Madrid in their preseason tour in the US, beating LA Galaxy 5-2, Real Salt Lake 2-1, Manchester City 2-0, Real Madrid on penalties, Valerenga and Sampdoria (the last two games on European soil). Their only defeat was to Barcelona, 1-0. In this game they will be without defenders Eric Bailly (he is serving a three-match ban), and Phil Jones (he too is serving a two-match ban). Another defender, Marcos Rojo, who missed a good part of last season as well due to a serious injury, remains out. Man United have signed Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof this summer, with the latter though leaving many unimpressed. Jose Mourinho defended him, saying that he simply needs some time to adjust to his new team, looking sure that the Sweden international will – eventually – be a success at Old Trafford.
Real Madrid vs Manchester United: Head to head Stats
Leaving their recent friendly game aside, Real Madrid and Manchester United have played a total of ten matches (all in the Champions League), the Spanish side have four wins, four games have ended in a draw, and Manchester United have won twice. They last played against each other (in a UEFA competition) in 2013, in the quarterfinals, with United drawing 1-1 in Madrid, but losing 2-1 at home.
Real Madrid vs Manchester United: Prediction
Real Madrid are considered favorites to win, their victory pays 1.90, but their displays in their preseason friendlies don’t justify that, not against a Manchester United side that did much-much better. Everything considered, I’m backing Mourinho’s team not to lose (in regular time).
Real Madrid vs Manchester United: Tips
‘Draw or Manchester United’ pays what I consider a very-very good 1.85, which I prefer much better to Real Madrid’s 1.90. ‘Under 2.5 goals’, at 2.00, looks good to me as well, but my main tip is ‘draw or Man United’.