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Starting XI: Lukaku leads the line; Matic, Pogba, and Herrera control the midfield

Manchester United are pitted against reigning La Liga and UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid to contest the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje, Macedonia this evening. United, the winners of the UEFA Europa League last season earned the right to face the Spanish side by lifting that trophy in Stockholm, Sweden, also earning a place in the group stage of the Champions League this season after an 18 month period of not playing in the elite European competition. United manager Jose Mourinho already knew he would be without both Eric Bailly and Phil Jones because of suspension, leaving him with Chris Smalling, Daley Blind and new summer signing Victor Lindelof as experienced central defenders for the match. Axel Tuanzebe could be involved but Marcos Rojo, who is recovering from a knee injury sustained in the secondary European competition last season remains out of action until the end of the year. Here is United’s starting XI to face Real Madrid.

Manchester United:

De Gea;

Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Darmian;

Herrera, Matic, Pogba;

Mkhitaryan, Lukaku, Lingard

Substitutes:

Romero; Blind; Carrick, Fellaini, Mata; Martial, Rashford

United and Real Madrid have played ten competitive matches in the history of both clubs, not many considering both have been around for well over 100 years. United have won only two matches, with the Madrid side winning four, there also being four draws between the two clubs. All of the matches had previously been played in the European Cup or the UEFA Champions League, which it later became and United have only prevailed once over the Spanish side winning on aggregate in 1968, the year they won their first European Cup. United did beat Madrid back in 2003 but lost on aggregate, which took the good feeling away from the victory. United though, have beaten Real Madrid recently, albeit on penalties, in the International Champions Cup in Santa Clara, California – which effectively means nothing, but gives United a *slight* advantage over Zinedine Zidane’s side.

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