Real Madrid v Manchester United - Uefa Super Cup

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    Jun 18, 2011
    Henrikh Mkhitaryan wants improvement from Manchester United this season as they try to win their fourth trophy in a year on Tuesday.

    Europa League winners United play Champions League victors Real Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup in Skopje, Macedonia.

    However, midfielder Mkhitaryan says Premier League performances are how United will be judged this season.

    "Being in the top four is not a good result for Manchester United," he said.

    "The result has always been to be in first place, or second minimum."

    United began the Jose Mourinho era by beating Leicester in the Community Shield last August.

    Then they defeated Southampton in the EFL Cup final and Ajax in the Europa League final.

    Should United beat Real it would be the fourth time in their history they have won four trophies in such a short period of time.

    The Red Devils have won twice against the Spanish side in 10 meetings, winning one of the five two-legged ties those past encounters represent.

    Mkhitaryan's solitary experience against Real came in 2014 when he started in both games as Borussia Dortmund lost a Champions League quarter-final 3-2 on aggregate.

    After scoring in May's Europa League final win, the Armenia international will hope to be involved as he looks to build on a better second half of last season. He went three months without playing a league game from August to November.

    He told BBC Sport: "I wouldn't say it was my best year. I know there is more to come.

    "I didn't come to Manchester and think my first year was a trial year. I knew it was going to be hard but I was ready for that.

    "I am sure this year is going to be better."

    Former United forward Cristiano Ronaldo - who has scored 16 goals in his last 10 matches for Real - has been named in the squad along with Wales forward Gareth Bale - who Mourinho says he is interesting in signing.

    Ronaldo, 32, was given an extended break following his part in Portugal's Confederations Cup campaign, before appearing at a Spanish court to answer charges relating to his tax returns.

    "There have been a lot of things happening, a lot of noise around him as always, but he is relaxed," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said.

    "What impresses me the most about him is that physically he is just as he was on the day of the Champions League final, which was two months ago now.

    "The fact he is here with us means a lot because if he is with us he is here to play."

    Midfielder Nemanja Matic could make his Red Devils debut after completing a £40m move from Chelsea last week.

    Left-back Luke Shaw, centre-back Marcos Rojo and midfielder Ashley Young are missing through injury, while defenders Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are suspended.

    Uefa may introduce drinks breaks
    Drink breaks will be used during the game if the scorching Skopje weather continues into Tuesday evening.

    A heatwave nicknamed 'Lucifer' has hit southern Europe with temperatures in the Macedonian capital regularly rising above 40C.

    It is forecast to be 36C when Mourinho's United side train at the National Arena Filip II on Monday - and a repeat of those temperatures for the Super Cup itself would see cooling breaks implemented.

    The match delegate will decide 90 minutes before Tuesday's game whether to have drink breaks of three minutes, which will come approximately 30 minutes into each half.

    Breaks will be brought in if the temperature exceeds 32C using a digital thermometer reading, or 27C using a wet bulb globe temperature device.

    Even if cooling breaks are not used on Tuesday, Uefa says 20kg of crushed ice should be provided to both teams and shading provided if the substitutes' benches are in direct sunshine.

    Can Manchester United stop the Spanish dominance?
    • Manchester United could claim their second European Super Cup after winning in 1991 when they beat Red Star Belgrade 1-0 at Old Trafford
    • United could become the second English side to claim multiple European Super Cups after three-time winners Liverpool
    • Jose Mourinho has lost his previous two European Super Cup matches as a manager, in 2013 with Chelsea and in 2003 with FC Porto. No manager has ever lost on three occasions
    • Mourinho is the first coach to manage three different sides in the European Super Cup
    • Spanish teams have won seven of the last eight European Super Cups
    • The last Europa League winner to claim the Super Cup was Atletico Madrid in 2012, as they beat Champions League winners Chelsea 4-1
    • Only Barcelona and AC Milan (five) have won the European Super Cup on more occasions than Real (three)
    • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored a record 108 goals in all European competitions, including two in the European Super Cup

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