Real Madrid vs Manchester United by PatrickBateman
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Real have been looking very unconvincing in their preseason games, having not recorded a single regular-time win. They lost to Manchester United on penalties, 4:1 to Manchester City, and 3:2 to Barcelona, while beating MLS All-Stars on penalties. It`s true those were only friendlies, but performances should be concerning for the best team in Europe last season. On Thursday Real faced MLS All-Stars in a game which finished 1:1 in regular time. Zidane entered the game with mixed line-up, while he changed twelve players between 46th and 72nd minute. Mayoral gave Real the lead in 59th minute, but Dwyer levelled the score in 87th, sending the game to penalties. All-Stars missed first two penalties, which took off the pressure from Real players, securing them 4:2 win. There was a reason to be concerned for Zidane however, as even though MLS team was composed from quality players, it was still a team which got together just for that game. Zidane won`t have any questions for this game aside from Ronaldo, who only started practicing on Saturday. But even though he`s missed majority of preseason, as well as all games, it is hard to see Zidane not naming him in the starting squad.
Manchester United completed their preseason games pretty successfully, having won six out of seven. They beat LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City, Real Madrid, Valerenga and Sampdoria, while losing to Barcelona. They showed solidity in their games, with Mourinho`s signature style being present. All of their arrivals have been looking good, while the rest of the team also seemed to be at high level. In their final test they recorded controlled win against Sampdoria 2:1. That game completed their successful preseason which should fill them with confidence ahead of start of the season. It seems like we will be watching same United as last season, only more solid, as Mourinho seems to have finally put all the pieces together. United will have number of missings here, as Shaw, Rojo and Young are still injured, while Bailly and Jones are suspended. Also, Romero and Lingard are quaestionable having missed last game.
It is natural to expect that Real are favourites here, but we all know what a master Mourinho is when there`s only one game to be played. United have played almost twice as many games as Real during preseason, and they recorded much better results. Also, they showed solidity, which Real failed to show having struggled in all of their matches. One more thing to turn our attention on is the fact that Ronaldo just started to practice, and while his class is unquestionable, it should be felt on the pitch. To put it bluntly, this will be the clash of geniusness of Real`s players and Mourinho`s tactics. Therefore, if we are to judge by the recent performances of both teams, as well as the setup of the game, the game should be pretty equal. And another thing is that it`s not like United don`t have quality individuals, as we are talking here about Pogba, Lukaku, Matic, Mkhitaryan, Mata, Rashford and others. Sure, their defence still misses quality names, but Real`s defence has been unstable for the whole last season as well as recently, having conceded nine goals in four games, which is more than United have in seven. I think that United have enough quality to be equal contenders in this game and I believe they can stay undefeated after 90 minutes. Odds on that carry lot of value in my eyes and I will take them.
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