Manchester United’s impressive Europa League victory in May meant that, not only did they reach the Champions League group stages after a season out despite finishing sixth in the Premier League, but they also booked a UEFA Super Cup date with Real Madrid, the Champions League winners for the second year in succession.

Next Wednesday’s game is an opportunity for Jose Mourinho to win his third major trophy at United in less than a calendar year. With the signing of Nemanja Matic confirmed earlier this week, Mourinho has signed personnel in three of the four key positions that he earmarked for the transfer window; he still wants a wide player, and both Ivan Perisic and Madrid’s Gareth Bale have been linked.

A successful pre-season tour of the USA, and a friendly win over Vålerenga in Norway means that, if they can through this final friendly in Dublin against Sampdoria without any injuries, United will be heading into the Real game, and their Premier League opener against West Ham United, full of confidence.

Sampdoria will offer solid opposition, though like the Reds their primary aim is to increase match sharpness ahead of their Serie A kick-off. The Genoa outfit finished 10th last season and play Swansea City on Saturday ahead of their return to domestic duties – starting with the Coppa Italia. The greatest issue surrounding the Italians is clear; they do not score enough goals. This is demonstrated in the fact that, even at 33, Fabio Quagliarella was their top scorer last season with 12.


The two clubs have never met before, though United head into the Aviva Stadium game as big favourites with Tipbet. The English club are 1.45 to win in the Irish capital, while their opponents are at 4.75. It is 1.70 that both sides find the net; Romelu Lukaku will be looking to continue his goalscoring exploits for his new team and may share the striker position with Marcus Rashford once more. There are 60 markets for this game and odds for all fixtures for both Manchester United and Sampdoria will be available throughout the season at Tipbet.com.