On the first official match for both teams in the 2017/2018 season, the Spanish team and the English side will face off after having won, respectively,
the Champions League and the Europa League last season. They will now meet to fight for the first European trophy up for grabs in this new season.
Real Madrid goes into this season, after having had, in the previous season, one of the best seasons in their recent history, adding the Liga BBVA title to their Champions League triumph for the 2nd time in a row, something that is unprecedented.
They also finished the competition as the team with most goals scored (36); In the final, at Cardiff, the team took care, easily, of Juventus, winning 4-1 and ending their season on a great note.
Regarding the transfer market, the team has been pretty quiet, only signing Theo Hernández and Dani Ceballos, but it is still expected to occur some new signings, due to the departures of James Rodriguez, Danilo, Coentrão and Pepe.
From the side of Manchester United, the team returns, this season, to the Champions League, after having won the Europa League last season, which gave them a direct ticket to the group stage of this competition.
The “red devils”, unlike Real Madrid, have been very active on this transfer market, not so much on the amount of players bought, but more in terms of money they spent, with the signings of Aurier from PSG, Lindelof from Benfica, Lukaku from Everton and Matic from Chelsea.
Despite everything, these wore surgical signings, since they strengthen some of the more weakened positions on José Mourinho’s squad, who can now attack both the Premier League and the Champions League.
Real Madrid vs Manchester United Pick:
Regardless of the players that will play in this match, I believe this will be a low-scoring affair, considering that, usually, José Mourinho has opted for a very typical strategy when he is facing teams with great ability, which is “parking the bus”, or something similar to that.
Well, facing a team like Real Madrid, who has a great offensive skillset and very oiled game processes enhanced by Zidane since he took over, I believe that the Englishmen are the “underdogs” for this match, so they will take advantage of that role to counter that forecast.
I believe that Mourinho will set up a more defensive structure, giving the ball and the initiative to Real Madrid, and looking to play around that.