We know we are on our way and building a strong team. The match is being held in Macedonia and is a fixture between winners of the European competitions for last season. I keep saying that. It wouldn't exactly augur well for the start of the domestic campaign. So I've never contested the UEFA Super Cup as the strongest team. Together we can be stronger and make a real impact in the world. So how long is that?
United are unbeaten in their last 11 European matches (W8 D3) since a 2-1 loss at Fenerbahçe SK on matchday four of last season's UEFA Europa League.
Ramos was asked to compare Mourinho to current boss Zidane - who has led Madrid to back-to-back Champions League crowns along with their first LaLiga title for five years - when he addressed the media.
He said: "There was an opportunity in the past". Once a flying winger in his youth, he is now a defender that can play as right or left fullback, and do the occasional attacking play further forward.
"No Phil Jones, no Eric Bailly".
However, his side failed to record a victory during a pre-season tour of the United States that included a high-profile friendly encounter with Jose Mourinho's United in Santa Clara, California.
It's expected to happen around 9.30pm, should there be no extra time. "Obviously Matic is available but not like the others", he added. The former will serve as the third choice 'keeper behind Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla while the latter could have a chance to prove himself in the coming season following the departure of Danilo to Manchester City. Have your say in the comments section below.
On the eve of the game it was 33C as United trained - and a similar temperature come match time would mean cooling breaks are implemented approximately 30 minutes into each half.
The Portuguese manager has been planning for the game for weeks, tactically and psychologically, stressing the importance of the game to his players.
No Europa League winner has triumphed in the Super Cup since 2012 - where Ateltico Madrid hammered Chelsea 4-1.
"We are taking it very seriously".
"Maybe (referee Gianluca) Rocchi allows them to have a little break to have some water. He has a different role to any other player and his presence with us is always good, whether he plays or not". I knew it was going to be hard but I was ready for that. I am quite happy with the reception. And the gifted Marco Asensio, having had a short summer due to his involvement with the Under-21 Spanish national team, looks as fast and determined as he did when the season ended.