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Real Madrid 2 Manchester United 1: Jose Mourinho's side defeated in Super Cup

 

This was his third defeat in the showpiece game but Mourinho will be more concerned that for much of the match his Manchester United team looked second best to Real Madrid.

It confirmed his pre-match assessment that they need to bridge a gap if they are to make an impact on their return to the Champions League.

Well taken goals by Casemiro and Isco put Real Madrid two-up and they also hit the woodwork twice as well as being denied by David De Gea on a couple of occasions.

Romelu Lukaku made a amends for an awful miss by pulling one back to spark a spirited United fight back that kept them in with a chance right to the end with Marcus Rashford and Marounae Fellaini were denied by Kaylor Navas.

Real didn’t even need to introduce their best player Cristiano Ronaldo until 10 minutes from time and looked to have plenty left in the tank at the end.

Real didn’t even need to introduce their best player Cristiano Ronaldo until 10 minutes from time and looked to have plenty left in the tank at the end.

United lived dangerously from the start and it was no great surprise when they went behind.

Bale, of all people, had wasted a chance after only two minutes after Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic left it to each other to clear Marcelo's deflected cross.

Casemiro served notice of what was to come when he hit the bar with a diving header from Toni Kroos’ corner.

He also fired over the bar after Matteo Darmian had underlined Manchester United’s nervousness at the back by sending an intended clearance straight to the Real player.

But it was a case of third time lucky for Casemiro after 24 minutes when he produced a superb finish from Carvajal's crossfield ball.

There was a suspicion of offside as the midfielder got in behind Victor Lindelof but the assistant ref kept his flag down.

SOURCE : Express