First off, let me make this clear. The game between Manchester United and Real Madrid is a preseason game — it is not truly competitive and it is a game that allows the players to get into good form. Although the Guinness International Champions Cup is a tournament, we have not seen the tenacity and vigor that is usually associated with competition amongst differing clubs.
Would you like to know why no one should dive deep into this game? Real Madrid is not even playing Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria, James Rodriguez, Sami Khedira or Toni Kroos. So technically, this is not Real Madrid playing. With the exception of Gareth Bale, Real Madrid has not impressed and has not been able to get up the field as much as normal. Tactically, Real Madrid is not even playing certain players in their true positions. Bale is playing a left forward position when normally Bale would play midfielder for the club due to the presence of Ronaldo and Benzema.
Don’t get me wrong, Manchester United has looked really good in the preseason but that’s almost like saying the Buffalo Bills will have a stellar season based off of a couple preseason wins. Wayne Rooney has been excellent and I have been impressed with Ander Herrera but will that translate into success come time for the English Premier League? Maybe it does and maybe it doesn’t. Manchester United has a chance to challenge for the league title once again due to the presence of a new manager and new additions. The only aspect that will hold United back is an accumulation of injuries. Last season, injuries decimated Manchester United causing former coach David Moyes to alter the starting lineups over and over again. With Louis Van Gaal at the helm, tinkering will not occur which will allow for much more continuity.