UEFA Super Cup - Real Madrid vs. Manchester United - Best Predictions and Tips

Alex Campean

Thursday, August 3, 2017 5:11 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017 5:11 PM UTC

The Champions League winners Real Madrid and the Europa League winners Manchester United face each other at the Philip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia, on August 8, for the European Super Cup, the 1st match of the 2017/18 campaign.

The 2017 contest will be the 42nd edition of the UEFA Super Cup, an annual soccer match organized by UEFA with the reigning champions of the two big European soccer club competitions fighting for the trophy. Both teams have already earned a group stage Champions League place by winning the two major European trophies and they are looking now to start the season on the right foot and win their 1st trophy. This is Man United’s last pre-season game before they kick off their Premier League campaign hosting West Ham on August 13.

It has been a crazy summer in the transfer market for the Red Devils. Sweden international Victor Lindelof was transferred from Benfica in June, Romelu Lukaku has completed his move from Everton in July and former Chelsea player Nemanja Matic was United’s third big signing of the summer so far. The transfer window closes on August 31 and United’s manager Jose Mourinho is looking to sign also Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic. The Champions League winners, Real Madrid, have been linked with a lot of important players over the summer failing to sign big names like Kylian Mbappe. So far their only new signings have been Dani Ceballos from Real Betis and Theo Hernandez from Atletico Madrid.

José Mourinho believes that the UEFA Super Cup is "a great opportunity" to measure his forces with the European Champions Real Madrid as the Red Devils prepare to return to the UEFA Champions League. Real Madrid made history last season as they became the first team to win back-to-back Champions League trophies are they are looking to have the same incredible run also this season. The two squads met few weeks ago in the International Champions Cup (friendly tournament) on US soil with Manchester United winning the match on penalties. We cannot judge the performance of the teams after a friendly match so we will not take that result into consideration.

In my opinion Romelu Lukaku will be one of the best strikers in the Premier League next season and he will try to show his great skills from the 1st match of the season. Los Blancos’s Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to return from his long vacation and make his appearance in the starting XI. Jose Mourinho will be without his main defenders Phil Jones and Eric Bailly, both suspended by European football’s governing body. We expect a thrilling match with both teams contributing on the scoreboard and with at least three goals in the game. Best pick for the match: Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals at +100 with Bet365.

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