UEFA Super Cup Preview: ‘Battle At Skopje’ As Real Madrid, Man Utd Lock Horns

The 2017 UEFA Super Cup will be the 42nd edition of the UEFA Super Cup. It would be contested by the reigning champions of the UEFA Champi…

The 2017 UEFA Super Cup will be the 42nd edition of the UEFA Super Cup. It would be contested by the reigning champions of the UEFA Champions League (Real Madrid) and the UEFA Europa League (Manchester United).

Real Madrid gained entry to the game by beating Juventus 4-1 to become the first club to win the Champions League consecutively while Man Utd did so by defeating Ajax to win their first Europa League title.

The two clubs have faced each other 10 times in European competitions. Los Blancos have the advantage over the Red Devils having won four of those games with two a draw and United winning the remaining two.

Team News
Former United star Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to play a pre-season match for Real Madrid because he was afforded an extended summer break due to his involvement with the national team in the Confederations Cup. After initial suggestions he would definitely not feature in Macedonia, reports claim he is now working hard in a bid to be drafted back into the squad in time to face his former employers.

Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young are still on their road to recovery and rehabilitation and will not be available to play in Skopje, while goalkeeper Sergio Romero and Jesse Lingard were not part of the traveling squad in the club’s final pre-season fixture in Dublin.

Eric Bailly will miss out through suspension after UEFA extended his initial one-match ban to three games, following the red card he received against Anderlecht at Old Trafford and Phil Jones will be unavailable too due to another punishment handed by UEFA, announced last week.

Venue: Philip II Arena, Skopje, Macedonia
Date: Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
Kickoff:  7:45 p.m
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

Interesting Facts
Manchester United could claim their second European Super Cup after winning in 1991 when they beat Red Star Belgrade 1-0 at Old Trafford

United could become the second English side to claim multiple European Super Cups after three-time winners Liverpool.

Jose Mourinho has lost his previous two European Super Cup matches as a manager, in 2013 with Chelsea and in 2003 with FC Porto. No manager has ever lost on three occasions.

Mourinho is the first coach to manage three different sides in the European Super Cup.

Spanish teams have won seven of the last eight European Super Cups.

The last Europa League winner to claim the Super Cup was Atletico Madrid in 2012, as they beat Champions League winners Chelsea 4-1.

Only Barcelona and AC Milan (five) have won the European Super Cup on more occasions than Real (three).

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored a record 108 goals in all European competitions, including two in the European Super Cup