JOSE SAYS NO LOSS OF FACE IN DEFEAT
MANCHESTER United may have lost the UEFA Super Cup to Real Madrid 2- 1 but manager Jose Mourinho said it was anything but a smack in the face.
Yesterday’s annual meeting of the Champions League and Europa League winners was an entertaining encounter.
The Red Devils impressed at times in Macedonia ahead of the Premier League season, which starts this weekend.
Romelu Lukaku’s secondhalf goal gave United hope after Casemiro and Isco put Real 2- 0 ahead.
“I am happy with the performance, or many things of the performance,” Mourinho said.
“We don’t have Real Madrid in the Premier League. We have top teams in the Premier League, but they are different teams, teams with different qualities. The midfield players of Real Madrid there are only one, there are no replicas.”
Mourinho praised his “amazing group” and full debutant Nemanja Matic, and made one supporter’s day in particular when he gave them the runners- up medal he had just received.
“Look, sometimes when I win I don’t keep the medals, so imagine when I lose?” he said to laughter in the postmatch press conference. “For me, the medal would go to some place in my house and for that kid it is the moon.”
BIG HIT: Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini during his side’s UEFA Super Cup final against Real Madrid.