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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.”

Pic­ture: AP

BIG HIT: Manch­ester United's Marouane Fel­laini dur­ing his side’s UEFA Su­per Cup fi­nal against Real Madrid.

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