Real Madrid vs Manchester United
League: International Champions Cup
Date: Saturday, 23rd July 2017
Time: 22:00 UK/ 23:00 CET
Venue: Levi’s Stadium (Santa Clara).
Champions League winners will meet European League winners. Sounds like a European Supercup and it is, but not yet this weekend. The two title holders Real Madrid and Manchester United face each other as part of the International Champions Cup. For the Royal, it is the first real hardness test in preparation for the new season after winning the Henkelpot.
Real Madrid :
Real Madrid play their first game of the pre-season against Manchester United on Sunday. The Whites will play Manchester City next before signing off from the tournament against their arch rivals Barcelona on 30th July.
On Sunday it will be exactly fifty days since Real Madrid La Duodecima, the twelfth title in the Champions League celebrated. On June 3, 2014, the Royal team won 4-1 against Juventus in the final of Cardiff, and at the same time managed to defend the title as the first team in the royal class. Since then, nothing has happened on the pitch since the match against Manchester United on Sunday will be the first for this final for Real Madrid. Of course, it was rarely quiet around the club. Above all, Cristiano Ronaldo caused headlines and fierce discussions when he announced his departure from Real Madrid and from all over Spain because of his problems with the Treasury. Meanwhile, however, it has become somewhat calmer in this personnel again.
Nevertheless the player carousel with the Royal has already turned around properly. With Theo Hernandez, who switched from Atletico Madrid for 30 million euros and Dani Ceballos, who came from Betis Sevilla for 17 million euros, Real Madrid put some money into young talents. Theo is 19 years and Ceballos 20 years young. Apart from that, five players came back to the squad of the Royal, including Jesus Vallejo, who had his shoes for Eintracht Frankfurt last season. On the side of the departures, the most sound names are certainly James Rodriguez, who was loaned to FC Bayern and Pepe, who moved to Besiktas Istanbul. Alvaro Morata, on the other hand, is only a matter of time before the change to Chelsea is finally reported as perfect.
Madrid are bringing a strong side to the tournament. However, they will be without their number seven, Cristiano Ronaldo. Now that Alvaro Morata completed his switch to Chelsea, the Whites are shot on options in attack. Nevertheless, this is a chance for Zidane to give his fringe players an extended run out.
Manchester United :
No two weeks before Real Madrid conquered the Champions League, Manchester United took the Europa League. After only sixth place in the Premier League, this win was all the more important, as the Red Devils qualified for the royal class in the coming season. Although Manchester United were still missing the Europa League in the title collection, the club was not 100% satisfied with the season just because of the sixth place in the national championship. In the end, Manchester United had a proud 24 points back on champions Chelsea and even Liverpool FC on the Champions League qualifying spot four had seven more. So it’s no wonder that the team has been invested again and will probably be invested again, because Manchester United wants to play back as soon as possible in the concert of all the greats.
The transfer has been Romelu Lukaku, who has been committed for € 85 million plus any bonus payments from Everton FC. Lukaku also added a wonderful start and scored a goal in both games against Real Salt Lake from the USA and Manchester City. Especially the game against the Citizens, the first in the International Champions Cup, convinced the Belgian, who otherwise also hit the bar once. Another notable transfer is Victor Lindelöf. The 22-year-old interior defender came to Benfica Lisbon for 35 million euros. Leaving the club ex-captain Wayne Rooney, who gave Lukaku the handle and went to Everton. Apart from that, it is still open whether Zlatan Ibrahimovic continues his career with the Red Devils.
Manchester United kept their good form in the pre-season going by beating Manchester City 2-0 in their opening match of the tournament. They are touring the States since the start of the month and have defeated the likes of LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake in entertaining encounters.
United looked in fine touch throughout this pre-season and they will be in better shape and getting some valuable playing time under their belts. On the other hand Madrid, might need some time to get their sharpness back. They could be on the back-foot from kick-off especially in the absence of star man Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real Madrid vs Manchester United Head to Head [H2H]:
Their last meeting was in the 2014 edition of the In International Champions Cup. United won 3-1 with Ashley Young getting his name on the score-sheet twice. Gareth Bale scored the lone goal for Real from the penalty spot.
02.08.14 ICC Manchester United Real Madrid 3 : 1
05.03.13 CL Manchester United Real Madrid 1 : 2
13.02.13 CL Real Madrid Manchester United 1 : 1
23.04.03 CL Manchester United Real Madrid 4 : 3
08.04.03 CL Real Madrid Manchester United 3 : 1
Manchester United to Win.