United can learn from loss: Mourinho
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.