Real Madrid is opening this year’s Intercontinental Champions Cup edition against their former manager Jose Mourinho and Manchester United. This game will be the intro for the upcoming European Super Cup which is going to take place in Skoplje. As you all know Real and Man Utd are the reigning champions in both European competitions, Champions League and Europa League. For the Los Blancos, an event in Santa Clara presents the opener of the season. On the other hand, United has already played one game in this tournament. Just to remind you, three years ago, these two sides met in Detroit. They had set up a record attendance for the soccer matches on the US soil. 104,000 spectators.
Real Madrid Preview
The Madridians are starting this tour without Cristiano Ronaldo, who’s been given an extended rest after Confederations Cup. Nevertheless, the European champs always have the highest possible ambitions. They are here to win this competition.
So far Real was inactive in this transfer window, and no major star has landed on Santiago Bernabeu. Only significant arrival was from their fierce city rivals, Atletico Madrid. Theo Hernandez, the 19-year-old teenager, made a very big mess among the fans because he decided to swap clubs in Madrid. Regarding departures, James Rodriguez, Pepe and Fabio Coentrao are the most notable.
Manchester United Preview
Jose Mourinho decided that Red Devils start their pre-season much earlier than other teams. United already played three games in which they completely dominated. After winning against American teams, Real Salt Lake 2-1, and LA Galaxy 5-2, Red Devils routinely defeated their Manchester rivals, City with 2-0.
Their biggest signing of the summer Romelu Lukaku already started to be productive. Apart from him, Marcus Rashford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are currently the best two players in Mourinho’s squad. There is no doubt that the Portuguese manager will try to do something in this game, in order to gain some mental edge for the upcoming Super Cup game.
Head to head matches
In 10 competitive matches on the European scene, Real Madrid has four wins against Manchester. The same number of games ended with a draw, while the English titan has two victories. The last encounter between two sides was, however, a friendly match in this competition. It occurred three years ago, and United was better, putting down a 3-1 victory. Ashley Young scored 2 goals, Chicharito one, and on the other side, Gareth Bale netted once.
Real Madrid vs Manchester United Prediction
United is in better shape regarding the number of games played this season. Also, the Red Devils had one tough match, which was almost like a regular season derby. Meanwhile, Real is about to open their season and it will happen without Cristiano Ronaldo. All these facts are suggesting that United is a favorite and that they are closer to win. It will be our pick too, but before this, we would like you to advise you to play on some goals. United to score over 1.5 in this match is our first choice. The odds are high, and it seems that the bookmakers underestimated the Red Devils in this one.