Published On: Tue, Aug 8th, 2017

Real Madrid v Manchester United: LIVE build-up, team news and analysis from the Super Cup


18:30: Ronaldo is slipping. No, really. He’s been filmed slipping on a towel as he exited Real Madrid’s team bus today. Have a watch!

18:25: So what did Phil Jones do to get himself banned?

He was upset at having to miss out on United’s Europa League celebrations and a squad photograph paying tribute to victims of the Manchester terrorist attack having been randomly selected for a doping test.

The defender expressed that disappointment to the official at the time, but I’m guessing that he might have used a few choice words…

18:20: I’ve just seen another tempting transfer story. Would you like to hear it? Tough, I’m telling you anyway!

Brazilian legend Ronaldinho was asked if he’s going to retire, and this was his response.

“If there’s a team that would want me without the training, it’s still possible to play.”

Top marks for honesty!

18:15: From one headache to another, but this time it’s Zinedine Zidane in need of paracetamol.

Mourinho has caused mischief by announcing he would try to sign Gareth Bale if he’s left out of Real Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup line-up.

There have been suggestions in Spain that Madrid are willing to part company with the 28-year-old as they move for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe

And Mourinho hasn’t missed his opportunity to unsettle the Welshman.

“If he is on his way out of Real Madrid, well, I’ll try to be waiting for him on the other side and try to fight with other coaches that would also like to have him on his team,” said Mourinho.

“But I think that if he plays tomorrow, it is probably the best confirmation that they’ll keep counting on him during the season.”

Cue every Manchester United fan refreshing for team news in about 30 minutes time…

18:10: Jose’s got a defensive headache to contend with tonight…

Eric Bailly will miss the match through suspension, having been hit by an extended ban for his sending-off in May’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Celta Vigo. 

To make matters worse, Phil Jones has also been given a UEFA ban following his behaviour towards a doping control officer after the Europa League final triumph against Ajax.

Mourinho has been trialling a three-man defence in pre-season, but that’s not looking like the most sensible option unless he’s prepared to dust off his boots.

18:05: What are the conditions like in Macedonia? F****** boiling to put it bluntly.

The country was put under a Code Orange (obvious colour choice) dangerous weather alert today with temperatures reaching 40 degrees in Skopje.

UEFA have been forced to intervene, and are permitting water breaks to battle the blazing heat.

And 20 kilos of crushed ice will be distributed to both sides apparently. Should make for a great after party…

18:00: Здраво! That’s ‘Hello’ in Macedonian, but I’m sure you knew that already…

Welcome to our LIVE coverage of the UEFA Super Cup from Skopje, in Macedonia, where Manchester United and Real Madrid go toe-to-toe in the annual clash between the winners of the Europa League and Champions League.

It’s kind of like the X-Factor winner battling with the champion of The Voice for what is ultimately an irrelevant title.

Good to get the cynicism in nice and early…

PREVIEW

Express Sport brings you LIVE team news, updates and analysis from the UEFA Super Cup

The match will take place at the Philip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia. KO at 7.45pm

Real Madrid v Manchester United: No English club has won the Super Cup since Liverpool in 2005

Jose Mourinho will be without Eric Bailly, who is serving a suspension he collected against Celta Vigo in May

Phil Jones has also been given a UEFA ban following his behaviour towards a doping control officer after the Europa League final triumph against Ajax

Cristiano Ronaldo was included in Real Madrid’s 24-man squad for the final in Skopje, but is unlikely to play the full 90 minutes

Jose Mourinho said: “We are going to try. That’s obvious, but also obvious is the difference between the Champions League winner and Europa League winner. I keep saying that.

“The Europa League is very difficult to win because it’s hard. You know, lots of matches, you travel, the motivation is not so high because the Europa League is not the El Dorado for the football players.

“But the top quality is obviously in the Champions League. When you get into the Champions League semi-finals, you have four of the best, I would say, five or six teams in Europe. There is a difference of quality.

“But, you know, it’s possible. We believe that it is possible.”


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