Real Madrid vs Manchester United 2-1 – Highlights – UEFA Super Cup
Manchester United 1 Real Madrid 2: Isco stars as Zinedine Zidane continues incredible winning record with Super Cup victory
Man Utd 1 (Lukaku 62′) – 2 (Casemiro 24′, Isco 52′) Real Madrid
The Uefa Super Cup is still the one trophy that is not part of the Jose Mourinho collection but even a man who takes defeat as badly as him might regard this one at the hands of the best team in Europe as a lesson worth learning. This Real Madrid side are one of the great teams of the 21st century, and there were times in the game when it looked like it might take another generation for United to catch them, never mind within the timeframe the current manager might have. The champions of Europe three times in the last four years and a team at the peak of their development – Madrid are quite simply very hard to play against.
They took the Super Cup again, as they had in two of the previous seasons and there were times when this was a sobering lesson for United in what it takes to rule Europe, delivered by those usual cruel masters of the midfield, Isco, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. Yet at this level every team can deliver surprises and United came off the ropes in the final half an hour, with a goal from Romelu Lukaku and a final rally that saw them go close to taking the game to extra-time.
There was a fine second half substitute performance from Marcus Rashford as a left wing-back in a 3-5-2 formation, and a player whose directness unsettled even Dani Carvajal’s usual composure. Paul Pogba grew into the game too, an untidy midfielder at times but one whose power of recovery and energy, especially in this heat, means he can never be discounted. Behind him was Nemanja Matic, a stabilising force whose shot led to United’s goal.