Tonight in Skopje, Macedonia, the two biggest clubs in World Football will go head to head. It’s Real Madrid verses Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup finals! Both teams have come a long way to get here, with Real Madrid winning the Champions League last season, and Manchester United just winning the Europa League trophy, (and rescuing what was a tough first season for Jose Mourinho after finishing 6th in the league). Despite the tough times he faced, he still managed to pull through and win three trophies: the Community Shield, the League Cup, and finally the notoriously difficult Europa League cup, respectively.
Such was the quick turnaround from Louis Van Gaal, the season before wherein they finished 6th and won the FA Cup, but now all eyes are on the superior achievements of Jose “the special one” Mourinho, as he takes his side into a match which determines who is the best team in Europe, on paper and also by achievement.
All this said, it does raise some curious questions over the current stability of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is currently embroiled in a tax fraud court case with the Spanish Tax Authority, over supposed unpaid image right’s taxes of an estimated £15 million, which sparked him to say that’s why he wanted to return to England, as he maintains his innocence in the case.
Additionally, Gareth Bale is another player in the spotlight, with Jose Mourinho stating that he will look at tonight’s match in order to evaluate how he is treated by Real Madrid, since the top team in Spain have admitted that they’re potentially looking to sell one of their star players in order to land young Kylian Mbappe from AS Monaco.
If Gareth Bale plays all match, it may also bring up questions on Cristiano Ronaldo and his current happiness with the Galacticos club as well, so this match could prove to be very important for both sides, but even more so for Real Madrid as they’re potentially set to lose one of their star players pending the result. If Manchester United win, it could swing the pendulum of power over to Manchester United, directly in the faces of Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo; two players who no doubt share an affinity to the United Kingdom.
Sergio Ramos of Real Madrid stated in pre-match comments that Jose Mourinho never quite understood the way things worked at Real Madrid, despite the fact that Jose Mourinho was the one who brought them back to being a top side in the Champions League, helped the team win the La Liga in his second year, as well as win El Copa Del Rei in his first. Jose Mourinho responded to Ramos’ comments stating that he gave more at Real Madrid than he has at any other club.
There’s a lot riding on this match, and with the final being played in completely neutral territory out in the Eastern block at the Philip II Stadium, it truly is all to play for. Let’s take a look at the current team news for both sides, shall we?
Nemanja Matic made a 45 minute long debut in the friendly against Sampdoria and could feature in midfield, but it’s expected that Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera will start in the middle of the park with him, whilst Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are both suspended.
Gareth Bale has declared himself fit, even though, he limped off last week on the training pitch, with Cristiano Ronaldo also expected to start for the Galacticos.
Expected Line Ups:
Manchester United: De Gea, Blind, Smalling, Lindelof, Valencia, Martial, Herrera, Matic, Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Lukaku
Real Madrid: Navas, Carjaval, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Bale
So there you have it! May the best team win, but we’d be lying if we didn’t wish for Manchester United to win it and bring the trophy back to England. It’s going to be an exciting match, that’s for sure.
Brainstain, over and out!
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