Manchester United open their competitive account for the season in the UEFA Super Cup final against Champions League winners Real Madrid.
The game between the Europa League winners, United, and Real Madrid will take place at the Philip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia.
United will be looking for only their second Super Cup triumph in their history. Meanwhile, Real Madrid will be looking to add a fourth to their trophy cabinet.
The match, commonly known as ‘the cup winner cup final’ is the first chance for Jose Mourinho and United to launch their bid to win all five trophies on offer to them this season.
Antonio Valencia described the match as ‘reaching our first objective’. He said ‘we are motivated, we are working hard, we are concentrated and we are hopeful that we can reach our goal of lifting the trophy in Macedonia’.
Here’s all you need to know about the game…
When is the game happening?
The game takes place on Tuesday 8th August at 7.45pm UK time.
How can I watch it?
The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2. Highlights will be available on ITV1.
You can also follow updtes on Mirror Football’s live blog.
Can I stream it?
The game is available for live streaming via the BT Sport app.
The notable absentees for United are Ashley Young with a hamstring injury and Luke Shaw.
They join Marcos Rojo who is a long term absentee due to his ACL injury last season.
Otherwise, Jose Mourinho has a fully fit squad to choose from including new signings Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof.
However players may be rested due to United starting their Premier League campaign against West Ham on Sunday.
Gareth Bale limped out of Real Madrid training on Wednesday however manager Zinedine Zidane gave a positive update on the player insisting he ‘looked good’ afterwards.
World player of the year, Cristiano Ronaldo , is expected to miss the game despite returning to pre-season earlier than his given date of August 5th. He is aiming to face Barcelona five days later, although he is in Real’s 24-man squad for the clash against his former club.
Odds – Skybet
Real Madrid to win – 19/20
Draw – 13/5
Manchester United – 13/5