Carlo Ancelotti has it all ready. But he's done something strange to Real Madrid's lineup. This Friday, the club published on the official website that Carvajal, Nacho, Ramos, Pepe and Arbeloa will all start the game. This means that Carvajal will play in the right wing of a 4-4-2, something that was confirmed during Friday's training session. With Alonso and Illarramendi in the center, the left wing will be Modric's, meaning that Isco and Bale will play upfront. Casillas will be in goal because he needs the minutes as he will start the UEFA Supercup [August 12th] against Sevilla, Carlo Ancelotti confirmed.
This said, Manchester United have been playing well this summer. They've signed former Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera and new coach Louis van Gaal seems determined to make him United's engine to control the tempo of the game. Furthermore, the Dutch coach has been deploying some interesting formations similar to the five-men defense he played with Netherlands during the 2014 FIFA World Cup. One way or another, it will not be easy for Real Madrid to beat this Manchester United side, especially when everybody will be looking forward to arrive in Madrid and start the real work.
Still, this game will be important for the starters. They should get more minutes in order to gain fitness ahead of the Supercup against Sevilla. Isco and Illarramendi have been completing Real's matches against Inter and Roma, but Gareth Bale and the rest of his teammates were taken out earlier. All things considered, this match will be a good test to see how fit and ready Real Madrid's starters are.
Next Tuesday, Sami Khedira and Ángel Di María will return to the Spanish capital as well -that's if they don't leave the club before then-, and new signing Toni Kroos will start training again, just like Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been training apart since he came back from vacation. Raphäel Varane, James Rodríguez and Benzema kicked-off their pre-season work in Valdebebas this Friday, and Carlo Ancelotti will surely feel good about having his whole roster available.