Mourinho pleased with Man Utd display in defeat

Manchester United take on Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup this evening

Bale and the European Champions added the Super Cup in Skopje to their honours list after beating the Reds 2-1 on Tuesday after which Mourinho shut the door on a move for the winger.

Jose Mourinho insists Manchester United are fully prepared for the start of the new Premier League season, following their hard-fought UEFA Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid.

Asked if it the pursuit of him was over, Mourinho said: "I think so - clearly the club wants him and he wants the club - game over even before it started - everybody knows he is going to stay".

"United are very good, but we were the best team and we have a spectacular squad with a promising future".

In a game dominated by Real Madrid, Manchester United also had some clear-cut chances which could have altered the results in another direction or at least could have given more dynamics to the game.

Isco late-season form ensured Real Madrid maintained their lead at the top of La Liga to secure their first league title since 2011/12.

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"I am not listening to anything, I don't read anything, obviously I get told bits and bobs", Bale said. The 25-year-old was also named man of the match.

"Sometimes when I win I don't keep the medal, so imagine when I lose", he said.

"We enjoy winning games, we enjoy winning trophies and we're hungry to win everything".

You've got a £50m budget to pick 11 players, with all the biggest new signings ready and raring to go ahead of a mouthwatering new Premier League campaign.

Real Madrid drew first blood in the 24th minute when Brazilian midfielder Casemiro slid and shot the ball past goalkeeper David de Gea.

With the game only separated by one goal that did appear to be onside, Mourinho praised his players for their efforts in hard conditions, insisting the game was even for large periods.

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