Aug 8, 2017 at 7.45pm UK at ​Philip II Arena
Real Madrid
2-1
Man UtdManchester United
Casemiro (24'), Isco (52')
Carvajal (84'), Ramos (86')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Lukaku (62')
Lingard (42'), Rashford (94')

Team News: Gareth Bale starts, Cristiano Ronaldo on bench

Team News: Bale starts, Ronaldo on bench
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Gareth Bale starts for Real Madrid against Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup.

Gareth Bale starts for Real Madrid as they take on Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje, Macedonia tonight.

Zinedine Zidane names Karim Benzema up front alongside the Welsh striker, who has been subject of strong rumours over his future in the last 24 hours.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who has just returned from an extended summer break following Portugal's exploits at the Confederations Cup, starts the game among the substitutes.

Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos and Isco make up the midfield, while Dani Carvajal, skipper Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane and Marcelo are in the back four ahead of Keylor Navas between the sticks.

For United, manager Jose Mourinho names a strong starting XI against his former side as he bids to lead the first English side to triumph in this game since Liverpool in 2005.

Summer signing Romelu Lukaku is picked to lead the line, with attacking support from Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, while Nemanja Matic makes his competitive debut for the side since joining from Chelsea, linking up with Ander Herrera.

Victor Lindelof also makes his competitive debut for Mourinho's side, partnering Chris Smalling in the heart of defence, while Antonio Valencia is on the right and Matteo Darmian on the left.

De Gea, who has repeatedly been linked with a move to Madrid over the last few transfer windows, is named between the sticks.

Options on the bench for Mourinho include Marouane Fellaini, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial.

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco; Benzema, Bale
Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Ronaldo, Theo, Vazquez, Asensio, Kovacic

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Darmian; Matic, Herrera; Pogba, Mkhitaryan, Lingard; Lukaku
Subs: Romero, Blind, Carrick, Fellaini, Mata, Martial, Rashford

Keep up with all of the action from Skopje tonight with Sports Mole's live text commentary here.

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