Real Madrid vs Manchester United Live, UEFA Super Cup: Real Madrid 1-0 Manchester United in first half; Casemiro scores opener
Real Madrid haven’t had the greatest of pre-seasons while Manchester United have injury concerns to deal with. Both teams have their positives and negatives as they enter the UEFA Super Cup to be played for the first time in Macedonia. A notable absentee for Real Madrid will be Cristiano Ronaldo who hasn’t trained enough but he could be thrown on later if required. For United, there is no Eric Bailly, Phil Jones (both suspended), Marcos Rojo (knee), Luke Shaw (foot), Ashley Young (hamstring). Follow live scores and updates from Real Madrid vs Manchester United in UEFA Super Cup.
Real Madrid vs Manchester United Live Score and Updates, UEFA Super Cup: Real Madrid’s Super Cup record: W3, L2. Manchester United’s record: W1 L2
0040 hrs IST: 24′ CASEMIRO PUTS REAL MADRID AHEAD! For 66th consecutive game, Real Madrid have scored. A little dink by Carvajal into the box and Casemiro times his run fairly well to beat the marker and slides in the ball past De Gea with a well converted left footed shot. Worth pointing out that left foot is his weaker foot.
0033 hrs IST: 16′ Casemiro hits the crossbar! Thundering header from the Brazilian as he came down to meet a Kroos corner but relief for United as the ball comes off the woodwork. De Gea squarely beaten. In reply, Manchester United go running for a quick counter and nearly make it 3-v-2 but with Real Madrid players getting back, Pogba takes a shot from distance and it is blocked. Falls firmly in Navas’ arms.
0024 hrs IST: Manchester United doing well to close Real Madrid down and winning the half balls so far. Getting stuck in there and coming out with the ball. Mkhitaryan with a chance after nutmegging Ramos but stumbles on his way forward. Could have been interesting had he moved forward
0020 hrs IST: Chance for Bale to open the scoring but his odd shot goes over. Probably didn’t think the ball would get to him inside the box from a deflected Marcelo cross. Stuck a foot out, made good contact but it goes over
0015 hrs IST: And Manchester United get things underway. KICK OFF! Man Utd in their red and white kits. Again, Real is in their black kits.
0008 hrs IST: We’re approaching kick off. But first up there is some local dancing bits going on. Teams wait. Real Madrid, the home team, will be wearing black. Beautiful opening ceremony as deaf kids perform Coldplay’s Sky Full of Stars using sign language. This ceremony is significantly better than the Champions League ceremony involving Black Eyed Peas
2345 hrs IST: Some stats to bring to you. Spanish clubs won 7 of last 8 UEFA Super Cups – last defeat was Sevilla to Milan in 2007. Before that Galatasaray shocked Madrid in 2000. For English clubs, Super Cup not much of a priority or a happy hunting ground. No team has won it since 2005 when Liverpool beat CSKA Moscow. Manchester United haven’t won it since 1991!
2330 hrs IST: Hello and welcome everyone to our live blog and coverage of the UEFA Super Cup. First up, the teams:
Real Madrid XI: Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Isco; Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema.
Manchester United XI: David De Gea; Antonio Valencia, Victor Lindelof, Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian; Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Paul Pogba; Henrik Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard, Romelu Lukaku.