Written by – Carlos Henao
Skopje, Macedonia – The beautiful game is almost back and consuming our weekend mornings once again. What better way to start it than with an exciting classic European match for the UEFA Super Cup. The match will feature UEFA Europa League Champions, Manchester United vs UEFA Champions League Champions Real Madrid. This will mark the official start of the season for both sides and the first official match of Jose Mourinho vs Real Madrid since leaving Madrid in 2013.
¡Listos para nuestro primer partido oficial de la temporada!
Pumped for our first competitive match of the season! pic.twitter.com/mmWXDUsveO
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) August 7, 2017
The match will be played at Phillip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia where Real Madrid arrived this morning alongside with Cristiano Ronaldo, who reported back to the team this past Saturday from vacation. Los Blancos who’ve had a very poor pre-season, are hoping to gain their form back with Cristiano Ronaldo as Zinedine Zidane assured today during the press conference that
“if Cristiano is with the team, it is because he can play” – Zidane
For Jose Mourinho, this will be the first official match against his former club where he left under not the best circumstances. The Manchester United boss has faced Real Madrid in 2 friendly matches since leaving the club, the first one as the Chelsea FC boss here in Miami back in 2013 for the International Champions Cup final where Los Merengues won 3-1. And the second one just less than a month ago in San Francisco where Man U beat the Madridistas on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie at the end of regulation.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 7, 2017
Real Madrid will try to win consecutive UEFA Super Cups after winning last year in a very exciting match against Sevilla that ended in a 3-2 victory with Dani Carvajal’s goal in the 119’ minute of extra time. As for Manchester they will try to be the first English team to win the UEFA Super Cup since Liverpool won it in 2005, with a 3-0 victory over CSKA Moscow.
Real Madrid leads the all time series against Manchester United with a record of 4-4-2.
Here’s a look back at one of the best Champions League matches of all time, Real Madrid v Man U. in 2003, to help get you in the mood.