Mour­inho eyes first Su­per Cup win

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Ma n c h e s t e r United’s Jose Mour­inho can col­lect the one Euro­pean tro­phy he lacks when his side face Real Madrid in the UEFA Su­per Cup tonight in his first com­pet­i­tive meet­ing with the Span­ish gi­ants since an ac­ri­mo­nious split in 2013.

Mour­inho, whose team won the Europa League last sea­son to sal­vage an oth­er­wise dis­ap­point­ing first cam­paign un­der the Por­tuguese, led Real to the Liga ti­tle with a record 100 points and won a King’s Cup in an event­ful stay be­tween 2010 and 2013.

Mour­inho’s legacy has been up­staged by the Span­ish club’s three Cham­pi­ons League tri­umphs in the four years since his de­par­ture, although in a re­cent in­ter­view the Por­tuguese claimed he had “to beg” Real’s board to let him leave for Chelsea.

Cham­pi­ons League hold­ers Real will be with­out tal­is­man and former United for­ward Cris­tiano Ronaldo in Skopje, Mace­do­nia, as the Por­tu­gal in­ter­na­tional was al­lowed to re­port late for pre-sea­son train­ing af­ter he played in the Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup.

Zine­dine Zi­dane’s side beat Sevilla 3-2 in ex­tra-time last year to win the show­case match and the French coach is tar­get­ing a fourth Euro­pean tro­phy in less than two years in charge of Real, which would match Mour­inho’s tally of continental ti­tles.

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