Jose Mourinho made sure to recognise his players after they ‘gave everything’ to defeat Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup on Wednesday morning.
Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera both netted in the first half to guide Manchester United to their first win of pre-season in normal time, with Karim Benzema’s 45th-minute goal proving to be just a consolation.
Man United had to defend valiantly throughout the whole of the second half as Real took control in search of an equaliser, and managed to hold on to a 2-1 win against the European champions.
Following full-time in Miami, Mourinho explained that he didn’t note anything specific in terms of tactics and his players proved him wrong by holding on for the win.
Speaking to the media, the United boss revealed: “I didn’t learn anything tactically. I know my players gave everything. I thought we wouldn’t resist in the end but they gave everything.”
It was certainly a gritty performance to be proud of by a strengthened United side as David de Gea returned and £52m signing Fred made his first start for the club at the Hard Rock Stadium.
Mourinho will be hoping his players can continue their preparations for next week’s Premier League opener against Leicester City at the Allianz Arena on Sunday where Bayern Munich await.