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  • Casemiro opens the scoring after 23 minutes.
  • Isco doubles the lead in the second half.
  • Romelu Lukaku scores first United goal after the hour mark.
  • Champions League winners Real Madrid win Super Cup for a fourth time and retain the trophy.
  • Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic all make competitive debuts for United.

Well that brings an end to our live coverage of this Super Cup final. Real Madrid head into the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona with another piece of silverware, while Manchester United warm-up for the new campaign with a thought-provoking defeat.

Until next time, goodbye.

Real Madrid lift the Uefa Super Cup.

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Sergio Ramos lifts the Super Cup into the Macedonia and Real Madrid, albeit slightly muted, begin the celebrations.

We're waiting for Real Madrid to collect their trophy. United are getting their medal, which Jose Mourinho takes off immediately - not a surprise. Real's team should be along in any minute.

Full time: Real Madrid 2-1 Manchester United - Real Madrid win the Super Cup

Real Madrid retained the Champions League in June and two months late they keep hold of the Super Cup, edging past Europa League winners Manchester United.

Casemiro and Isco scored in either half before Romelu Lukaku pulled one back. United had chances but Real outclassed the Premier League side for long periods and they deserved their win.

United throwing the ball into the box whenever possible but Real are dealing with it ably. Real have a free-kick deep in the attacking half now. Surely they will run down the clock.

De Gea keeps United in it as Asensio's swept shot is beaten away.

Seven minutes added on in Skopje. Fellaini heads goalwards but Navas holds on. Can United force extra time?

Romelu Lukaku gathers the ball after pulling one back for United.

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Marcus Rashford lines up a free-kick from 25 yards but he skies the effort high and wide. Five minutes remaining.

Cristiano Ronaldo is on for the final eight minutes for his first appearance since the Champions League final. Surprising to see him but the fans in attendance are elated.

Chance for United to draw level blown by Marcus Rashford. The England man goes clear in the left-hand channel but Navas gets across to save and turn the ball behind.

Marouane Fellaini actually came off worse after that collision and he needs a bandage or two before returning to his feet. Around 10 minutes of normal time remaining, plus what will be plenty of added time.

We have resumed and United are back on the attack but Fellaini can't keep his header down as Sergio Ramos - who takes a hit for his troubles - puts him off.

Mid-way into the second half and we have our second scheduled water break of the game. United a much greater threat in this game since they pulled one goal back, with Madrid - who are a week or so behind their opponent with regard to preparing for the new season - have tired.

Isco celebrates putting Real two-up.

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Lukaku joins some illustrious company.

GOAL! Real Madrid 2-1 Manchester United (Romelu Lukaku)

Well now. Real hit the bar at one end and United pull one back at the other. Matic's drive is parried by Navas and Lukaku pounces to halve the deficit. Game on.

Gareth Bale strikes the bar as Real continue to toy with United. This game has gone from mildly competitive to completely one-sided. Just a matter of how many now.

Fellaini on and Herrera off for Manchester United. Perhaps he direct approach will follow.

What a chance for Unite to bite back. Pogba's header is pushed out by Navas and on the rebound Lukaku smashes over. Big moment for the debutant and he's missed by quite a distance.

GOAL! Real Madrid 2-0 Manchester United (Isco)

Even with 35 minutes remaining, that feels like that. Isco exchanges passes with Bale in the United box before slotting past De Gea. Zinedine Zidane is sat motionless on the bench and as well he might be, his team are on their way to another trophy.

De Gea keeping United in this one - where have we heard that before?

He claws away Kroos' effort from range. Real have picked up from where they left off in the first half.

Teams out for the second time in Skopje. Marcus Rashford in on for United, with Jesse Lingard, who was booked in the first half and largely poor, being replaced.

We're back underway in the second half.

Half time: Real Madrid 1-0 Manchester United

Not a classic half of football but Real Madrid will not be complaining, having taken an early lead and looked very comfortable. United have not really figured in an attacking sense and are yet to respond after Casemiro's volley, albeit from an offside position. The heat is not assisting the intensity of the game and could yet lead to a slow second half as both sides tire.

Romelu Lukaku at last involved, heading straight at Keylor Navas.

Yellow card, the first of the evening, for Jesse Lingard who has been pretty anonymous.

Mistake by Romelu Lukaku, who runs onto a lose ball after Ander Herrera charges down the ball but having come from an offside position the assistant raises his flag. Big error from the new signing, with United in on goal.

Casemiro celebrates putting Real Madrid ahead.

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Such is the heat in Skopje, we have a three-minute drinks break in this Super Cup final after half an hour. United need the break it must be said and this gives Jose Mourinho the chance to get into his team.

GOAL! Real Madrid 1-0 Manchester United (Casemiro)

The Brazilian scored a key goal in the Champions League final and has already hit the bar tonight, but he's on target now. Real have dominated it must be said and after Carvajal plays a chipped through ball, Casemiro meets it first time with a sliding volley to open the scoring.

OFF THE BAR! Real almost ahead. De Gea stays on his line from the corner and Casemiro's header clatters off the woodwork. United counter-attack but Pogba's shot finds its way into Navas' arms.

Still Real Madrid in the ascendancy somewhat though both sides are feeling their way into this one. Like a pre-season game, if you like.

Sergio Ramos a bit fortunate not to concede a free-kick and perhaps even be sent off as he takes down Mkhitaryan as the Armenian goes clean through. Bit more possession for United now, and Lukaku almost steals in by Varane clears his lines.

Should Real be ahead? United don't deal with a deflected from from Marcelo and the Welshman sticks out a leg and volleys over the bar. Good start from the European champions.

We're off and underway in Macedonia. Competitive or not this is two of the biggest clubs in the world facing off. It should be entertaining, if nothing else.

The players are out and the Super Cup anthem is being played in Skopje. Kick-off fast approaching.

The Super Cup opening ceremony is currently taking place on the field before kick-off, with three dozen kids dancing around to Coldplay. I'll end my live coverage of that there.

For those that watched the Community Shield and lamented at the new penalty system, ABBA, there is some good news. Uefa have not yet woken up to this new phenomena and we will have a normal shoot-out should we be tied.

The bad news is extra time remains, means both sides could go through the motions in a game they could do without, and there will be an extra 30 minutes added on top. Come on guys, straight to penalties.

Real Madrid have had a rather quiet summer, but have made seven new additions to their squad. Five of them have travelled to Macedonia, but just one - Theo Hernandez - makes the squad tonight and he begins on the bench. Otherwise it is the team which won the Champions League just over two months ago.

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Will we see Cristiano Ronaldo tonight?

Jose Mourinho on BT Sport: "We have this amazing chance to play against the champions of Europe and compete for a title, so we'll go for it."

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So what does Gareth Bale starting tonight mean for his future at Real Madrid?

The Wales international and his agent have been unequivocal over leaving Spain, with the player content with life in Madrid despite his stock having fallen over the last 12 months.

Manchester United are known admirers and have been heavily linked with a move for bale across the last few years, since he left Tottenham for the Bernabeu. He will surely return to England at some stage in the future, but will it be this summer?

The Macedonia national stadium plays host to the Super Cup final tonight. A very impressive stadium it must be said, which is named after the father of Alexander The Great, the Ancient Greek King. But whole will rule Europe tonight?

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Manchester United, led by Jose Mourinho, arrive at the Philip II Arena.

So here is a quick round-up of the team news from Skopje. No Ronaldo, but Bale in for Real. Mata and Rashford out for United, who give starts to three new signings.

A heatwave has been consuming areas of central and eastern Europe this summer and Macedonia has not escaped the extreme temperatures. Forty-degree heat i Skopje means there will be enforced water breaks during the game tonight. But rest assured tonight is regarded as a competitive game, so no wholesale substitutions like we had at the Community Shield.

Real Madrid make just one change from the team that started the Champions League final against Juventus. Gareth Bale replaces Cristiano Ronaldo, who is on the bench despite having not featured in pre-season.

For United, Lukaku, Lindelof and Matic all start as expected while the other notable selection is that of Jesse Lingard, who beats off competition from Juan Mata, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, to start.

And now that of Manchester United. Three new signings in their side.

The Real Madrid team has dropped. Mr G. Bale in place. Your move Jose....

Ronaldo in the house. But will he play against his former club?

So will Gareth Bale be in the Real team tonight. If it doesn't, then it could spark a mad trolley dash for his signature. Jose Mourinho wants him at Old Trafford and will move for the Wales winger if he is omitted from the team tonight. All eyes on the Real team sheet.

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Before the teams are announced in around 20 minutes, how might they both line up?

Cristiano Ronaldo has travelled to Macedonia but is not expected to feature having only returned to training last week. Gareth Bale is likely to start, though Jose Mourinho is hopeful that he may be overlooked. Five of Real's summer signings have travelled but we await to see if any will be involved.

Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic are all set to make their competitive United debuts. However, Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are suspended while Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young are injured.

The Uefa Super Cup as an entity might seem like an unnecessary burden to place on two teams who are focusing on readying themselves for the new campaign, but when Real Madrid and Manchester United face-off - regardless of the backdrop - a special occasion always awaits.

Tonight in Skopje, Marcedonia, should be no different. There may be no Cristiano Ronaldo but there are a heap of stars who have the potential to illuminate this fixture - already the second time the pair have played each other this summer. Romelu Lukaku is set to make his competitive debut for his new club while Real have named five of their summer recruits in their travelling squad.

And against the backdrop of this game is Jose Mourinho's comments yesterday regarding Gareth Bale, which has led many to speculate that the Wales international's return to England could be imminent. Will he be named in the Real side to face United tonight?

All the team news and updates on the way ahead of the 7:45pm kick-off.