UEFA’s Super Cup — the continental curtain-raiser — takes place in the Macedonian capital of Skopje on Tuesday, and Manchester United, by virtue of their triumph in last season’s Europa League, are playing in it. They’re going head-to-head with reigning Champions League champions Real Madrid, with both sides hoping to pick up some early silverware — even if only to boost the morale.
This game is — in name if not nature — a competitive one, and marks the first competitive clash between these sides since Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge at Old Trafford. That was the game when Nani picked up his infamous red card in the Champions League’s first knockout round, which Madrid went on to win 3-2 on aggregate. Who was the Madrid manager that day? Oh yes, a certain Sr. J. Mourinho. Tasty.
UEFA Super Cup schedule
Kick off is at 19:45 UK time on Tuesday, which is 20:45 in Macedonia, 14:45 on the east coast of the USA, and 11:45 over on the other side.
UEFA Super Cup TV channel
Those in the United Kingdom can catch the action on their televisual boxes if they tune into BT Sport 2. Those Stateside can find an English language TV option in Fox Sports 1; ESPN Deportes is the place for Spanish speakers to be.
UEFA Super Cup streaming
BT have their live streaming service for those subscribed in the UK. There are multifarious online streaming options in the USA, including Fox Sports Go and ESPN Deportes+. Those in other parts of the world can head on over to LiveSoccerTV to find their viewing options.
It looks like a 4-3-3 for United, with Jesse Lingard getting the nod in attack and Nemanja Matić anchoring midfield.
Here it is - our #SuperCup starting XI to face Real Madrid! #MUFC pic.twitter.com/a5CAYqPcba— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 8, 2017
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