United can learn from loss: Mour­inho

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Skopje, Mace­do­nia - Jose Mour­inho in­sisted that Manch­ester United had emerged from its trip to Skopje for the UEFA Su­per Cup re­in­forced de­spite the score­line flat­ter­ing it in a 2-1 de­feat to Zine­dine Zi­dane's Real Madrid.

"I al­ways say the Cham­pi­ons League is one thing and the Europa League is another, and the Cham­pi­ons League win­ner ob­vi­ously has a dif­fer­ent po­ten­tial," said ex-Real coach Mour- inho, whose cur­rent team is back in Europe's elite club com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son. "So for us to come here and do the pos­i­tive things we did, I think we have to keep that pos­i­tive feel­ing into the new sea­son, and into the Cham­pi­ons League in Septem­ber. "I think this Su­per Cup was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for us." Mour­inho, who gave away his run- ner-up medal to a young fan, sought so­lace in the fact that his club will not need to come up against Madrid in the English Pre­mier League. "We have top teams with dif­fer­ent qual­i­ties. There are no repli­cas of (Luka) Mo­dric, (Toni) Kroos, Isco or Casemiro," he said.

United won the League Cup as well as the Europa League last sea­son but is un­der pres­sure to im­prove its sixth-place fin­ish in the Pre­mier­ship. It be­gins its cam­paign at home to West Ham United on Sun­day.

Jose Mour­inho

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