We held our own against Real: Mourinho

Nikolay Doychinov  AFP

Nikolay Doychinov AFP

Despite United suffering a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday night, the youngster was ecstatic with his surprise gift from Mourinho.

Spanish federation rules at that time stated that players must serve a suspension in the competition in which the offence was committed, although since March 2015 bans picked up in the Super Cup have been served in subsequent La Liga games.

Mourinho himself didn't say anything that explicit about his interest in the player, and a very cold reading of the mere words might allow the inference that he doesn't think a transfer could actually happen, but then very little about any public Mourinho utterance is meant to be read cold.

"If he is on his way out of Real Madrid, well, I'll try to be waiting for him on the other side and try to fight with other coaches that would also like to have him on his team".

Real have lifted the Super Cup on four separate occasions, but what is really striking is the success enjoyed by Zidane in his time as coach. They're a powerful side with big aspirations.

Ramos went on to play down the suggestion that Mourinho decisively moulded his career as he transitioned from right-back to centre-half.

UEFA recently handed the 25-year-old defender the ban for verbally abusing a doping control officer after being selected for testing after May's Europa League triumph against Ajax. It meant a great deal for the club commercially with qualification secured for this season's Champions League. That is all I can say. I've never spoken too much or cried or asked for anything I didn't think I deserved. I've never been very concerned about this because my main concern is to give everything where I am working.

"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".

He has also given this game a bit more spark, by so willingly talking about things beyond it. Mourinho would of course savour a victory here, as would United, but they would all savour a signing like Bale much more.

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