Bale starts, Ronaldo on bench for Real Madrid against Manchester United

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 9, 2017

"I am really happy with our reaction because at 2-0, the next minute we have a double big chance with just Navas in front".

Both sides were fresh off tours in the United States, where they played one another in the International Champions Cup on July 23 in Santa Clara, California. We know that every year our rivals will make life more hard for us, and that is how it is going to be this season.

"But United have a great history and a great record of titles". The thing that I noticed is the shape he is in, just like the day of the final for the Champions League after two months. We know the obligation everyone has.

"I think for the kid it is something he will never forget".

"But we were against an opponent who wanted to cause us problems and it's normal if we suffered a bit".

It was more of the same to start the second half, with Kroos stinging De Gea's palms with a left-footed blast from distance, keeping the pressure on the Manchester United goalkeeper.

That tour win over Real came without Cristiano Ronaldo in the opposition's ranks.

A couple of minutes later, Ronaldo made his return to the field for Real Madrid as the club's final substitution. "Then I won't even think about it", said Mourinho of the 28-year-old. And that is what interests me. The fact he's with us means a lot.

Mourinho hopes a less hard line approach is taken by testers following Tuesday's games and that celebrating players are allowed to enjoy their moment. "We all know where we are and when you finish a season like a year ago winning, it helps you try to do the same thing coming into the new season", Zidane - whose team have Barcelona to come at the weekend in the Spanish Super Cup - said in a Uefa interview.

"But the domination is the effect of quality of a team that is superior, that has great quality players in midfield that control the game, that hold the ball, that keep possession". This is the first official match.

Mourinho responded by bringing on Marcus Rashford for Jesse Lingard but, as exciting as the precocious young forward is, United were soon reminded of the glaring gap between their attacking options and Real's and why they really need someone like Bale.

However, ESPN say Barca are not looking to let their midfielder go this summer. "I have absolutely no problem with anyone because I no longer work for them".

Speaking to reporters in the Macedonian capital of Skopje on Monday, Mourinho said he would wait to see what was Bale's role for Real in their UEFA Super Cup clash yesterday before deciding whether the Welshman was worth pursuing. If you ask about players at Chelsea, Inter and Porto, there are some I have maintained a relationship and others not.

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