Bale would make Manchester United nailed-on title favourites - Fletcher

Bale would make Manchester United nailed-on title favourites - Fletcher

"I'm excited to be playing the Super Cup and to be playing against the European champions", said Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho at his press conference on Monday. I am not listening to anything, I don't read anything, obviously I get told bits and bobs.

Madrid broke the transfer world record when it spent £85.3 million (then €100 million) on the former Tottenham Hotspur player in 2013. The Spanish worldwide has added defensive responsibility to his game while on the right, Henrikh Mkhitaryan should start.

Bale signed a new contract to remain with Madrid until 2022 last October but has made just 17 league starts after being replaced by Isco during his injury spell and beyond.

Mourinho recently said it would be impossible to bring in Bale, but is now prepared to pounce on any softening on their part. But now I see him very well, very concentrated.

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Isco conceded that Madrid were put under some pressure by United in the closing stages but was in no doubt that they fully deserved to win a third Super Cup since 2014.

While United were outclassed by Spanish and European champions Madrid, Mourinho insists there were plenty of positives to take from the match going into the Premier League season. If he is playing tomorrow, it is because he is in the coach's plans and in the club's plans and because he also has that ambition to continue in Real Madrid.

However, the 23-year-old has endured a mixed start to life at Old Trafford follow mistakes against LA Galaxy and Real Madrid during their pre-season tour of the United States. United have not lifted the trophy since 1991, and the Portuguese coach said his side were the underdogs to double Champions League holders Real. Romelu Lukaku grabbed one back for the Red Devils in the 62nd minute, but Madrid held on to ensure they won the game. "We were on it from the first minute to the last".

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