Manchester United succumbed to a seemingly superior Real Madrid side last night, with the Champions League holders adding a second consecutive Super Cup crown following a sweaty 30 degree duel between the two sides at the Philip II Arena.
Whilst Jose Mourinho will be disappointed that his newly furnished side let their opponents dominate in attacking areas, he will take much satisfaction that new boy Nemenja Matic, seemingly so important in United’ rise to the Premier League summit, asserted himself in the middle of United’s midfield.
With all eye’s on former Old Trafford favourite Cristiano Ronaldo, Zidane decided to keep the now veteran on the bench having just started trianing again, with the likes of Benzema, Bale and Isco able to run rampant. Indeed it would be the Spanish international who’s fine footwork led to the opener with 24 minutes played. With the ball slowly breaking down, and with whiffs of offside in the air, right back Carvajal sent a superb ball over for Casemiro to hit home on the volley.
The Champions League and La Liga holders doubled the lead just after the break, with United target Gareth Bale setting up Isco to fire home in impressive fashion.
United fought hard to compete after looking a tad short of their best, new boy Lukaku missing a guilt edged chance from just 6 yards. Luckily the expensive Belgian was able to make amends when he brought the Red Devil’s back into proceedings with a short range finish on 60 minutes.
Alas, despite Marcus RAshford coming close late on, Real claimed the trophy, not before universal favourite Ronaldo made a short cameo much to the jubilation of all involved.