Jose Mourinho blames Manchester United defeat on Cristiano Ronaldo’s seven-minute cameo

Jose Mourinho has claimed Manchester United could have triumphed over Real Madrid in Tuesday night’s UEFA Super Cup contest had the referee not been star-struck by Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Champions League holders claimed a 2-1 victory in Skopje, Macedonia thanks to goals from Casemiro and Isco, with Romelu Lukaku netting a consolation goal to keep the match in the balance.

But Mourinho says United’s hopes were over as soon as Ronaldo came off the bench in the 83rd minute, while he criticised the decision to award Casemiro’s first goal claiming it was offside.

‘With a good VAR it would be 1-1 and extra time,’ the Portuguese coach told BT Sport after the final whistle.

‘I think they could score more goals than they did, and we could score more goals than we did.

‘I think they had a period of dominance in the middle of the first half. We had a period of dominance in the middle of second half, and the rest was balanced.

‘We were playing against a team full of fantastic players, but we discussed the result until almost the end.

‘Then Cristiano came on and the referee wanted to show the respect for this amazing player. Every time Cristiano wanted it, the ref blew for a free-kick and the game was stopped.

‘But we gave them a good fight.’