The Red Devils are in Macedonia for the UEFA Super Cup and aim to take down the Champions League holders at the Nacionalna Arena Filip II Makedonski.
Jose Mourinho has already started the mind games, claiming he would be interested in Gareth Bale if Zinedine Zidane cannot find a place for him in his line-up.
There was also the thinly-veiled shots delivered from Sergio Ramos concerning his former manager.
Mourinho has looked to take the pressure off his side by insisting there is a big gap between the two-time reigning European champions and the Europa League holders.
Romelu Lukaku will make his competitive debut for the club after his £75m move from Everton.
Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic could also feature, though Phil Jones is suspended after verbally abusing an official after the final against Ajax last season.
Cristiano Ronaldo is on his way to 100 European goals for Los Blancos and after a summer break, should quickly return to peak condition ahead of the La Liga opener on August 20.
- Spurs could rival United for Bale
ristiano Ronaldo narrowly avoids nasty fall as Real Madrid star slips off team bus ahead of Super Cup clash against Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo narrowly avoided a nasty fall as the Real Madrid star slipped off the Los Blancos team bus ahead of Tuesday’s Super Cup clash against Manchester United.
The 2016 Ballon d’Or winner was making his way down the Real coach steps when he slipped on a towel, falling down one step.
Luckily for the 32-year-old his quick reactions allowed him to grab on to the rails preventing him from descending further.
Landing flat on the steps could have been a nasty fall for the man who’s only just linked back up with Real Madrid.
Anthony Martial and Chris Smalling should both leave, says former Manchester United star Paul Parker
Former Manchester United star Paul Parker believes Anthony Martial and Chris Smalling should both leave the Red Devils for separate reasons.
Martial has been heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford this summer, with a swap deal for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic mooted.
Smalling has fallen out of favour with Jose Mourinho and looks set to be used as the Europa League champions’ fourth choice right-back this season.
Speaking exclusively to 888sport, Parker believes the French forward is unhappy and ‘needs a change’ while the English centre-back should seek game time elsewhere to make England’s World Cup squad next summer.
Spurs could rival United for Bale
A move away from Real Madrid for Gareth Bale continues to gather pace after Jose Mourinho’s comments concerning Manchester United’s potential interest should Zinedine Zidane opt to let him move on.
While the Red Devils could be at the front of the queue, Tottenham could play a major part in Bale’s future and have the possibility to re-sign the Welsh superstar.
In the £85m deal that took Bale from White Hart Lane to the Bernabeu in 2013, Daniel Levy secured an option on the 28-year-old’s future.
Despite not being exactly a buy-back option, Spurs can match a bid from a Premier League rival that is accepted by Los Blancos.
Real Madrid vs Manchester United live stream details, TV information, team news and odds for UEFA Super Cup
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’.