SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Here's what we learned in Manchester United's 2-1 shootout win over Real Madrid after 90 minutes of their International Champions Cup match finished 1-1.
1. Penalties needed to separate Real and United
It was appropriate that it needed a penalty shootout -- and a bad one at that -- to separate Real Madrid and Manchester United after a 1-1 draw in Santa Clara because neither team appeared totally prepared to show their hand and go for the win, little more than two weeks...
It did not take long for Jose Mourinho's name to come up once Real Madrid arrived in Los Angeles for their preseason preparations earlier this month.
Marcelo took the first news conference of their stint at UCLA. Within a couple of questions, the Madrid vice-captain was asked about the "morbo" coming as his team face their former boss' current side, Manchester United, twice during the coming weeks -- Sunday's International Champions Cup game in Santa Clara, California, and then the European...
They say that familiarity breeds contempt, and there is certainly a sense of Manchester United and Real Madrid being irritated by each other in recent weeks, months and years as they prepare to meet in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday.
United and Real have trained alongside each other in California over the past week at UCLA, with two of the world's most expensively assembled squads preparing for the new campaign on pitches no more than 50 yards apart.