Match Preview: Manchester United v Real Madrid

The Champions Cup continues with the biggest game of the tournament so far. The two biggest teams in the world go head to head in front of an expected 109,000 fans. Although on paper this is only a friendly, both sets of fans may see it differently once the game starts it will feel like a Champions League tie.

The reds will be looking for redemption after the last time these two met after a controversial red card for Nani arguably causing United to go on and lose 2-1 at Old Trafford and 3-2 on aggregate.

Real Madrid have started poorly and have no chance of getting out of the group after losing their 2 games against Inter Milan and AS Roma. Nonetheless Real Madrid will still be looking to win the battle of the biggest clubs. However Cristiano Ronaldo is unfortunately is going to miss the match against his former team which is disappointing for both sets of fans

United maintain unbeaten in pre-season after a fair to say boring affair against Inter Milan. Through no fault of our own United tried to play attacking football but was halted by Inter’s defensive style. In the end United won on penalties and are top of Pool A by a point. If United beat Real they can go on to meet either Liverpool or Man City in the Final which will be added motivation for the lads.

KO: 21:06 BST


Venue: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor

Date: Saturday 2nd August

Injury News

Robin Van Persie is still on break. Rafael was sent home after picking up a groin injury and Michael Carrick is still out for around 10 weeks after surgery on his foot. It looks as though Adnan Januzaj and Marouane Fellaini still haven’t met up with the tour either. Chris Smalling will also miss out after picking up a slight knock.

See our predicted line-ups here.

Score Prediction

Manchester United 3 – 1 Real Madrid

Due to recent form I can’t see United losing, however it will all depend on which defence can withstand the exceptional attackers on show for both sides the longest.

Don’t forget to leave your score prediction in the comment box below!

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