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Bale as be­ing for sale and would there­fore make a move for the Welsh­man if he did not start for Real.

But Bale did start, set­ting up Isco’s goal as well as hit­ting the bar be­fore be­ing re­placed on 74 min­utes. Mour­inho later told BT Sport that it was “game over” as far as that move was con­cerned.

For all his suc­cess in the game, Mour­inho has still never won the Su­per Cup, while Zi­dane has now won the tro­phy two years run­ning.

Real have now lifted the Su­per Cup on four sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions but what is re­ally strik­ing is the suc­cess en­joyed by Zi­dane in his time as coach.

This was his sixth tro­phy since be­ing ap­pointed in January last year, just 19 months ago.

“There were big cel­e­bra­tions in the dress­ing room, we don’t get tired of win­ning,” said the French­man, whose side will de­fend the Cham­pi­ons League crown and La Liga this sea­son.

He de­scribed his side’s per­for­mance as “al­most per­fect” and added: “I don’t know if we can play any bet­ter, but we will try. We know that we have dif­fi­cult op­po­nents, with an­other one com­ing on Sun­day. But our am­bi­tion is to keep getting bet­ter.”

Real face Barcelona in the first leg of the Span­ish Su­per Cup this Sun­day and Cris­tiano Ron­aldo will hope to play a key role in that game af­ter mak­ing a brief ap­pear­ance from the bench against United. AFP

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Real Madrid’s Ser­gio Ramos (front) clashes with Manchester United’s Marouane Fel­laini in their Su­per Cup match at the Philip II Arena in Skopje, Mace­do­nia, on Tues­day.

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