For Manchester Untied the International Champions Cup has been an exercise in frustration. So much so in fact that manager Jose Mourinho has complained about many star players being out on extended leave after the World Cup which ended earlier in July and also in anticipation of the upcoming English Premier League season.
It did not help that Mourinho’s club was coming off an embarrassing loss to arch rival Liverpool. Man United will wrap up its three ICC match schedule on Tuesday when they take on Real Madrid, which is one of the most successful teams in the world.
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2018 International Champions Cup Manchester United vs. Real Madrid
Date and Time: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 8 p.m. ET
Location: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida
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Manchester United vs. Real Madrid TV Coverage: ESPN2
Hard Rock Stadium has been the home of the Miami Dolphins since 1987 and has a current seating capacity of 64,767 after a major renovation that took place prior to that. Hard Rock Stadium is the latest of numerous names that the venue has had. The Stadium has hosted five Super Bowls, four college football national championship games, numerous college bowl games and a healthy list of well supported international soccer matches.
Manchester United Humbled in the Big House
Manchester United showed up at the Big House, Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, with a mere shell of its actual squad. Yet over 100,000 fans showed up to watch their match against English Premier League rival Liverpool but it was no contest. Liverpool lit up Man United in a 4-1 drubbing that set off manager Jose Mourinho in a rant about not having his top players available due to the World Cup. While Mourinho has a point, the fact remains that every team in the International Champions Cup faces the same challenges as far as rosters and star players on leave.
AC Milan and United Draw
In Manchester United’s first International Champions Cup match they played AC Milan to a 1-1 draw that was subsequently settled in a marathon 26 penalty shootout in which United prevailed by a score of 9-8.
Famed Real Madrid Well Rested for Opener
This will be Real Madrid’s first match in the International Champions Cup and will next play AS Roma on August 7. They enter ICC play as one of the most successful and acclaimed teams in the world with a record 33 league titles in Spain and 13 Champions League titles as well. In fact, Real Madrid won the most recent Champions League competition despite an uncharacteristically subpar Spanish League campaign.
Ronaldo Departs for Juventus
Real Madrid was best known for their superstar player Cristiano Ronaldo who recently departed for a massive new contract with Juventus. This has caused the biggest topic among Real Madrid’s massive fan base about who will replace Ronaldo on the pitch. The reality is that nobody can although fans in a recent poll are all pining for English striker Harry Kane, who is currently property of Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United vs. Real Madrid Free Picks
Even without Ronaldo, Real Madrid has time and again come through in major international competitions. Their UEFA Champions League triumph last spring as the latest evidence of their tradition and ability to come through on the biggest stages of the world. They will also be well rested for this International Champions Cup match having yet to play. For Manchester United this is a getaway game as they’ll head home after this match. Judging from what Jose Mourinho had to say they are likely eager to get back to work at Old Trafford. With that in mind Real Madrid rates the call!
Manchester United vs. Real Madrid Pick: Bet the money line on Real Madrid
Manchester United vs. Real Madrid Score Prediction: Real Madrid 1, Manchester United 0
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