Mourinho’s United fell 2-1 after goals from Casemiro and Isco spotted Madrid a two-goal advantage before Romelu Lukaku got a goal back with his first competitive goal for his new club.
Afterwards the United boss admitted that the Champions League winners are at a level above his side.
“I’m happy with many things in the performance,” he said after the game, reports UEFA.com.
“In the Premier League, we don’t have Real Madrid. Although we have a top team they are a different team with different qualities.
“The midfield players of Real Madrid, there are no replicas – no replica of Modric, no replica of Toni Kroos, no replica of Isco, no replica of Casemiro.
“In the second half we found a way to give them difficulties and the kind of football they don’t like.
“I am happy with our reaction because after the 2-0 we had a big chance and at 2-1 we had Marcus Rashford face to face with the goalkeeper and we had a fight until the last seconds and to do that is great.
Despite being outplayed and outclassed for the opening 70 minutes Mourinho said a video review would have ruled out Real Madrid’s opening goal and led to extra time in the UEFA Super Cup on Tuesday.
Mourinho took issue with Casemiro’s opener, saying that had a video assistant referee (VAR) been available for the game in Skopje, Macedonia, the result would have been different with the Brazilian’s goal ruled out for offside.
“I think we did well, I think we lost to one goal which shows the result was really short and one of their goals was an offside,” Mourinho told BT Sport.
“With a good VAR system it would be 1-1 and extra-time.”
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