By Mark Weasley
Manchester United are in action tomorrow against Real Madrid in the European Super Cup. The match is being held in Macedonia and is a fixture between winners of the European competitions for last season.
Man United head into the clash on the back of a good pre-season schedule, whilst Los Blancos have been far from impressive. United are featuring in this match after winning the Europa league last season, defeating Ajax in the Final.
Real are playing this match for the second season running as they beat Juventus 4-1 in the Champions League final, in what was the most one-sided final in about a decade alongside Barcelona’s victory over United in the 2011 Final at Wembley.
United boss, Jose Mourinho will face his old side in a competitive match for the first time since leaving four years ago. Both teams met in the International Champions Cup in the US, with United winning on penalties after normal time ended 1-1. We take a look at United’s injury list for the crucial European curtain raiser.
He is expected to be back by October and give United even more squad depth in the season. Once a flying winger in his youth, he is now a defender that can play as right or left fullback, and do the occasional attacking play further forward.
The ever dependable squad member at Old Trafford is admired by Jose Mourinho for his willingness to play for the team, regardless of whatever role he is called to perform. He picked up a hamstring injury back last season and was operated upon.
The 21-year-old English left-back has never quite been free of problems at the club and is injured yet again, a familiar story in his Old Trafford career. Luke was criticised by the boss last term for not having confidence and being willing to play through pain. He picked up a foot injury towards the end of last season and is expected back next month. This season promises to be a crucial one for the former Southampton man
The Argentine left back impressed many last season including his manager with his committed defending. He picked up a knee injury back in April against Anderlecht in the Europa League quarterfinals second leg at Old Trafford. He is expected to return to training in January 2018.