Real Madrid collected their sixth trophy under the tenure of Zinedine Zidane when they took out Manchester United 2-1 in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday.
The Spanish and European Champions dominated most of the contest, taking the lead through Casemiro and doubling their advantage when Isco found a way through in the second half.
A consolation strike for the Premier League outfit came through Romelu Lukaku before referee Gianluca Rocchi blew the final whistle on what will be one of two trophies Real can lift before the start of La Liga; they play Barcelona in a two-legged Spanish Super Cup tie next week.
Sharp reactions to keep out Paul Pogba’s header and kept Real’s lead in tact with a fine one-on-one save against Marcus Rashford. A little sloppy in the build-up to Romelu Lukaku’s goal, though, spilling a long-range effort from Nemanja Matic.
Enjoyed the freedom to roam forward in attack as Jesse Lingard dropped in deep alongside his centre-halves, allowing him the time and space to play in Casemiro for the opener.
Marshalled his defence with authority. Won three headers – the joint-most on the pitch alongside Gareth Bale – and looked calm and composed when shutting down Manchester United’s attacks.
Forms a physically imposing partnership with the experienced Sergio Ramos. Hardly troubled by Romelu Lukaku for most of the night.
Offers the perfect balance of creativity going forward and robustness in the challenge – laid on three tackles, including one won high up the pitch after a Manchester United corner, but his subsequent attempt at goal was well scouted and blocked by Chris Smalling.
Unlucky not to score from a corner when his header rattled the crossbar, but shortly opened the scoring with a sublime sliding finish on his weaker side – continuing to show the range of tools in his locker. Kept Romelu Lukaku onside for United’s goal, but made a crucial interception to stop Marcus Rashford on the counter in the second half.
Ridiculous consistency and range in his passing, maintaining a 96% passing accuracy ratio (connecting with 73 of his 76 passes). Tested David De Gea with a strike from range on his left foot, and made a few important tackles in an immense display.
Real Madrid’s midfield completely dominated the contest, and it’s difficult to distinguish who was their best midfielder. Modric was precise with his passing, fluid in his movement and always presented an option for his teammates; he maintained a 93% passing accuracy ratio, completing 66 of his 71 passes.
Seemed to be everywhere on the pitch; came deep to recycle possession, moved high to try and create and then make the penetrating run, which he managed on 52 minutes when he combined brilliantly with Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale for Real’s second goal. Won six fouls – more than any other player on the pitch by a margin.
His electric pace makes him a massive threat for balls over the top, which Real were quick to take advantage of to release him into space. Unfortunate not to find the net when his right-footed effort smashed the cross-bar in the second half. Quick piece of thinking to play in Isco for the second goal.
Only had the one effort on goal, forcing David De Gea to reach out low towards his right-hand bottom corner, but otherwise put in a reasonable shift. Created the space for the second goal with a dribble out wide.
Left Matteo Darmian and Paul Pogba looking foolish after a mazy run, but his fellow substitute was unable to convert.
Couldn’t put the final touches on an overall fantastic performance from Real Madrid, as David De Gea produced some late heroics to keep out his close-range effort.