Analysis of Manchester United's new signings as Real Madrid win UEFA Super Cup 2-1

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Real Madrid beat Manchester United 2-1 to win the UEFA Super Cup in the Macedonian capital Skopje on Tuesday.

Goals in each half from Casemiro and Isco had the reigning European champions two ahead before Romelu Lukaku pulled one back.

It is the second year running Madrid have won the trophy, contested by the holders of the Champions League and Europa League.

While Madrid’s new signing Theo Hernandez didn’t make it onto the field, three of United’s new recruits did feature from the start.

Here’s a look at how they fared.

NEMANJA MATIC

RATING: 7/10

It was a decent debut for Nemanja Matic in a Red shirt. He stopped a few attacks dead in their tracks, getting the better of Gareth Bale, Isco, Casemiro and Karim Benzema on separate occasions.

His positioning was top notch and he managed to find a couple of good passes as well. At one point though, he bizarrely stood still, expecting David de Gea to claim a looping ball into the box but the Spaniard stayed on his line and Bale’s impromptu flick towards goal went just off target.

He was suspect for the second goal when he appeared to lose his footing at the crucial moment and Isco was played clean through inside the box and curled his effort into the far corner.

At the other end though, it was his shot from distance that Keylor Navas spilled which led to Lukaku finishing from close range.

Nemanja Matic (L)

Nemanja Matic (L)

VICTOR LINDELOF

RATING: 6/10

Lindelof has had a less than convincing pre-season with United and that trend continued into the Super Cup tie. Despite looking a bit nervy, he didn’t do too much wrong but was at fault for the opening goal.

Casemiro managed to run in behind him too easily and scored from Dani Carvajal’s ball over the top. Antonio Valencia must also shoulder some of the blame for not covering while the Real Madrid midfielder was marginally offside, it must be said.

Lindelof did prevent a certain goal in the 61st minute though when Carvajal drilled a ball across the face of goal where Benzema was waiting to stab home. The Swede did brilliantly to get a foot to the ball through the striker’s legs.

Victor Lindelof (L)

Victor Lindelof (L)

ROMELU LUKAKU

RATING: 7/10

Lukaku got his debut goal on the night when he slotted home the rebound from Matic’s initial effort.

Earlier in the second half though, the Belgian was guilty of missing from point-blank range, skying his right-footed effort on the half-volley after Navas had parried Paul Pogba’s header perfectly into his path.

He did start the game on very well though, operating as the focal point of United’s attack. The striker showed a few neat touches as his teammates played the ball off him to good effect.

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku

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Nice striker Mario Balotelli caught for racing his Ferrari against his friend's Lamborghini

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Mario Balotelli has again been caught speeding in his Ferrari, police told AFP Tuesday as media reports claimed the striker had been caught doing 170-200kmh (105-125mph) in a race with a friend’s Lamborghini.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker, now at French club Nice, was stopped by a highway patrol on the A4 highway near the northern Italian town of Vicenza on Saturday, a local officer told AFP.

Media reports claimed Balotelli had been doing up to 200kmh but had escaped with a fine and five penalty points because he had only been registered at 170kmh.

The police confirmed the star had been caught and fined, along with the Lamborghini driver, but described accounts of the incident as “exaggerated”.

They would not divulge how fast Balotelli had been going but said he had been allowed to continue his journey after paying his fine and having five penalty points registered on his licence.

Balotelli racked up no fewer than 18 fines for mostly speeding offences in the space of two years in Italy in 2012 and 2013, often on the same A4 road.

In 2015, when he was playing for Liverpool, he was banned from driving for 28 days after being clocked driving at 109mph (175kmh) on the M62 motorway in northern England.

A Vicenza police spokesman said that, in contrast to some of his previous encounters with traffic police, Balotelli had apologised and calmly accepted his punishment.

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"The older I get, the better I feel," says Wesley Sneijder after sealing Nice move

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Wesley Sneijder

Wesley Sneijder is excited for the challenge of competing for titles with Nice after being presented to the media on Tuesday afternoon.

The 33-year-old Holland international completed his move to the Ligue 1 outfit after passing a medical on Monday.

In a series of tweets on the official OGC Nice account, Sneijder said: “I always found new challenges in my career. I still want to win titles and I came in Nice for that.

“I am very proud. The reception has been great. I’m here to help. I had a good feeling in training. Nice is a very beautiful city, but I came only for the sport.

“I came to Ligue 1 for the team and the style of play the team wants to play. It was an easy decision.”

Sneijder, who is the most-capped player in Dutch history, was without a club following his release from Galatasaray last month.

The midfielder, who was attracting interest from the Los Angeles Galaxy, has opted to move to the south of France, penning an undisclosed contract.

Sneijder left the Turkish club in the summer after four years, ending his contract early by mutual consent.

He said he made his decision to sign after speaking with head coach Lucien Favre and that he feels he is getting sharper with age.

He added: “I know Mario (Balotelli) but to make my choice I talked with the coach, players and management. Here, there is talent and a great state of mind. That’s what attracted me to Nice.

“The older I get, the better I feel.”

He trained with his new team-mates on Monday and will wear the number 10 shirt at the Allianz Riviera.

“I have long played number 10. The coach knows my qualities, and I play everywhere where he asks me in the middle,” Sneijder said.

Meanwhile, Nice have also announced the signing of France Under-20 international Allan Saint-Maximin from Monaco.

Provided by Press Association

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