Real Madrid 2-1 Manchester United: Red Devils outclassed in Macedonia as Real Madrid win the Super Cup
By Daniel J. McLaughlin
It was a game to forget for most Manchester United fans, who were hoping to add the UEFA Super Cup to their collection alongside the recently acquired Europa League trophy, but it would certainly prove memorable for one young fan.
The clash between the Europa League and the Champions League winners would be a special one for a lucky boy in Skopje, after Jose Mourinho gave away his Super Cup medal to the supporter.
The Red Devils boss explains his decision to gift his runners-up medal to the youngster: "Sometimes when I win I don't keep the medal, so imagine when I lose.
"For me the medal would go to some place in my house, and for that kid it's for sure something he will keep and to remember.
"It was a little kid with a Man United shirt. I have no idea where he comes from."
He added: "I think for the kid, it's something he will never forget."
Mourinho's side were simply outclassed as they played Real Madrid in Macedonia, with the La Liga side dominating from the start.
They were ahead on the 24th minute courtesy of a Casemiro goal. He was unlucky not to have been on the scoresheet previously after hitting the bar earlier in the game, but the Brazilian made sure he was clinical when he slid in a half-volley. There were calls of offside as he turned home Dani Carvajal's pin-point cross, but the decision was tight for the referee and his officials.
United were behind in both possession and shots on target, only getting hold of just 39 per cent of the ball, and managing one shot when Romelu Lukaku headed the ball straight at goalkeeper Keylor Navas.
Madrid doubled their lead after half time with Isco coolly slotting in from eight yards out. After a clever one-two with United target Gareth Bale, the Spaniard made it 2-0 on the 52nd minute after, like Casemiro before him, hitting the bar beforehand.
While Lukaku had been neutralised for the previous hour, and the Red Devils looking toothless in attack, the record £75 million signing spared their blushes by scoring his first competitive goal for the side. After spurning chances and fluffing shots, the former Everton striker reacted to Navas parrying a Nemanja Matic shot, and hit a low finish into the net on the 62nd minute.
Manchester Untied were given "grounds of encouragement" after the game, the Telegraph argues, but the side still need to make additions before they can conquer both England and Europe once again.
They face West Ham United for their opening Premier League game at Old Trafford on Sunday, August 13 (K.O. 4pm).