Mourinho vows to fight for Bale if he is left out of Zidane's plans
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is ready to "fight" for Gareth Bale's signature if Real Madrid leave the attacker out of the Uefa Super Cup.
Skopje plays hosts to the annual clash between the winners of the Europa League and Champions League tonight, with both sides looking to kick the campaign off with silverware.
Bale is part of Zinedine Zidane's 24-man squad in Macedonia, but speculation continues over the Welshman's future.
There have been suggestions in Spain that Real are willing to part company with the 28-year-old as they move for Monaco's Kylian Mbappe, giving hope to long-standing admirers United.
Mourinho recently said it would be impossible to bring in Bale, but is now ready to pounce on any softening on their part.
"If he's playing, well, no I wouldn't think of that possibility of signing (Bale)," the United boss said. "If he is playing, it is because he is in the coach's plans and in the club's plans and because he also has that ambition to continue in Real Madrid.
"So I haven't even thought of the possibility of signing him. "If he's not in the club's plans, the arrival of another player (would) perhaps (mean) Gareth would be on his way out.
"If he is on his way out of Real Madrid, well, I'll try to be waiting for him on the other side and try to fight with other coaches that would also like to have him on their team.
"But I think that if he plays against us, it is probably the best confirmation that they'll keep counting on him during the season."