Lukaku starts, Rashford dropped in Man United probable 4-2-3-1 formation vs Real Madrid

Man United are set to play Real Madrid in the Curtain-raiser of the European elite competition dubbed as the Super cup and it will the Red devils first competitive game before the start of the Premier League.

Knowing that a win over Real Madrid would go a long way to psyche up his players, Jose Mourinho will field a strong team that may be his first eleven for the upcoming season.

United have been boosted by the return of Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young who recently returned to training after a lengthy spells on the sideline due to injury. However, the aforementioned duo are short of fitness and have no place in the team today.

Meanwhile Eric Bailly and Phil Jones will not be taking part as they are serving suspension.

We run a rule on how Man United could line-up.


David De Gea gave way to Sergio Romero in the Europa Cup last term but the Spaniard will be back in-between the sticks for United.


Playing with a back four, we expect the shaky Lindelof to partner Smalling at the heart of defense. Lindelof partook in United pre-season games but he is taking time to adapt but more games will help him bed into the team easily. At right back, Antonio Valencia has no competitor and he will be flanked by Daley Blind on the left side of defense.


Nemanja Matic has been given a run for United and we expect him to be the anchor man for the Red Devils. He will certainly impose himself in midfield and free up Ander Hererra to roam the length and breadth of the pitch. Ahead of the duo, will be United’s midfield marshal Paul Pogba, who is expected to play as the creative hub of the team.


Jose Mourinho rotated his squad heavily during the pre-season friendlies but Anthony Martial was impressive in all his cameos. We think he will occupy the left flank ahead of Rashford, who would play second fiddle to Lukaku. Mkhitaryan is favoured to play from the right flank and Lukaku would lead the attack.


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