By Harry Sykes
Man United lost 2-1 to Real Madrid in the Super Cup on Tuesday night, and the result was a fair one with Real Madrid dominating the game from start to finish.
There were two real high points for manager Jose Mourinho though, which he’ll take to the opening game of the Premier League against West Ham on Sunday.
Firstly, striker Romelu Lukaku scored his first competitive goal for Man United, calmly slotting home the ball after a fumbled shot from Nemanja Matic.
The second was Matic himself, who was United’s best player on the night by a country mile.
Without him in the centre of the park the score could have potentially been a lot worse – and Antonio Conte must be wishing he was still a Chelsea player.
It’s fair to say that he looked calm and composed, despite being run ragged by the best team in Europe – and possibly the best team in the world.
Man United fans were quick to recognise this, despite the disappointment of missing out on the Super Cup trophy, and will be looking forward to seeing him in action at Old Trafford this Sunday.
They were also quick to take to Twitter after the game to congratulate the new United man on his fine performance.
Here is a selection of their reactions from after the game.
— Raspreet Gill (@GetXXXd) August 8, 2017
Lukaku scored , matic was in fine form but that smalling n lindelof defence be questionable
— waltz (@badd_walter) August 8, 2017
Our best players were Matic and fellaini. Pogba played rubbish, worst decision maker on the pitch. Smalling played beta than lindelof
— Oze (@ozemede) August 8, 2017
positives: Lukaku scored. Matic was good.
— robxd (@MudyiwaRob) August 8, 2017
Matic played very good tonight, he's actually one of those anticipated players to make an impact this season
— syahmi sasazaki (@Sya5hmi) August 8, 2017
Matic is a beast!
— Yster ® (@HeikkyJr) August 8, 2017
Matic was superb. Surprised Martial didn't get on. Lukaku poor apart from the goal
— Patrick M (@Master_P_7) August 8, 2017
Matic outstanding, Mkhitaryan looking very sharp but worrying about Lindelof. Hope he's up to it and isn't a waste of money
— Jordan Thomas (@JordanThomas48) August 8, 2017
Matic was outstanding, Thank u once again @ChelseaFC
— Oluwagbenga Olayinka Edris (@Opinnana) August 8, 2017
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