The Philip II Arena in Skopje is the unlikely venue for the 2017 UEFA Super Cup, with two of the world’s three most valuable football teams locking horns in Macedonia’s capital city.
Despite their global status, Manchester United have only won this competition on one previous occasion, defeating Red Star Belgrade all the way back in 1991.
Real Madrid, by way of contrast, have triumphed twice in the previous three seasons, whilst Spanish clubs have emerged victorious a staggering seven times in the last eight years.
MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS
The start of the new Premier League season is just a few days away, so Jose Mourinho will be looking to name the strongest side possible in preparation for Sunday’s game against West Ham at Old Trafford.
David de Gea and Luis Antonio Valencia pick themselves, whilst the suspension of both Eric Bailly and Phil Jones means that Chris Smalling should partner new-signing Victor Lindelof at the heart of the Red Devils’ defence, with Matteo Darmian at left-back.
In midfield, Ander Herrera and Paul Pogba are expected to be joined by Nemanja Matic, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford forming a formidable-looking front-three.
REAL MADRID TEAM NEWS
Zinedine Zidane has named a 24-man squad as he attempts to add yet another piece of silverware to the club’s ever-expanding trophy cabinet.
Only one change is expected to the side that started the Champions League Final back in June, with Gareth Bale joining Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.
Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric form a world-class midfield trio, with Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo providing the defensive shield in front of Costa Rican shot-stopper Keylor Navas.
If the ten previous competitive meetings between these two great clubs are anything to go by, then we could be in for a close encounter, as just two of these clashes have been settled by greater than a single-goal margin.