On Tuesday night at the Phillip II stadium in Skopje, Jose Mourinho surrendered to the ‘fantastic four’ of Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Isco, who dismantled his Premier League side.
Following the defeat, the Portuguese coach lauded Zinedine Zidane’s perfect central core, shining light on the vast distance between the two clubs.
As always, Los Blancos’ increasingly popular coach was more reserved on the matter, most probably due to the headache that is set to follow; the success of his midfielders could bring up the debate of playing BBC or the midfield quartet.
With Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale up top and Casemiro, Modric and Kroos behind, the club has had evident success, but with the inclusion of Isco to the midfield minus a member of BBC, the team have excelled even further.
Triumphs in the league, Champions League and now Super Cup endorse the four-man midfield formation, with each individual adding their personal touch.
Casemiro is the destroyer, Kroos, the instigator, whilst Modric adds the imagination before Isco applies the dagger.
In the final stretch of last season the team notably grew whilst playing in a 4-4-2 formation, as witnessed in Cardiff during the Champions League.
The team were extremely decisive, similar to their display against Manchester United on Tuesday.
One man in particular, Casemiro, imposed himself on both fixtures by making the middle of the field his own, dominating his area and aiding his teammates, whilst being ever-reliable.
The 25-year-old boasted 98% pass completion, alongside his German partner who had 95% and his Croatian teammate who had 96%.
Despite the rallying of Ander Herrera, the Spaniard’s opponents did not let the Premier League outfit play their game or even get a sniff of the ball.
Whilst the robust trio ran the show in front of the defenders, their creative Malaga-man, who is close to his renewal with the club, scored his eleventh goal of 2017, continuing to show why the French coach has put his trust in him.
He has also linked up well with his teammates, as 15 completed passes were made between Kroos and the 25-year-old Spanish international during the game in Macedonia.
On Sunday, in the Spanish Super Cup, Zidane will be without Modric, but with everyone else healthy including his well-rested Portuguese forward, the coach is blessed with the problem of selecting his favourite XI.