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Scholes was pleased with the fight United showed but admitted they were in a different class to their opponents.
Defensive absentees undoubtedly hurt United, but the work facing Portuguese boss Mourinho was underlined here.
The annual meeting of the Champions League and Europa League winners proved an entertaining encounter, with the Red Devils impressing at times and being outclassed on many others. Seeing him pounce on a rebound a few minutes later only accentuated the pain.
United matched Madrid for pace but lacked the finishing to turn the match around.
United already have Daley Blind, Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian as options at left-back. "He is improving all the time". United's impetus abated and Real settled once more, even coming close to a third when sensational play by Lucas carved out a chance for Asensio.
The Spain goalkeeper's exceptional one-handed stop prevented Toni Kroos from making matters worse, with Chris Smalling then having to throw himself in front of a Marcelo drive. "Anything that drops in the box is usually a goal".
"I want the team to be on a par with the club's history, which is something I've been lucky enough to feel at every club - there was the same kind of feeling at Inter (Milan) and at Real Madrid".
The young Englishman entered the game after half-time break, Mourinho trying to shake things up.
Cristiano Ronaldo watched most of the end-to-end action from the bench, while his teammates outclassed United.
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No arguments from Van Niekerk. "Very excited for the 200 my body just needs to be ready and I'll give it my best shot". We only had benefit from the media relating to Makwala's not being allowed to compete which left us heart-broken.