Champions League : “The best team lost” – José Mourinho
Manchester United was on track for victory when leading 1-0 but the controversial sending off of Nani sparked a two-goal response from Real in the second half to turn the tie around.
Although Manchester was having only 10 men on the field at that moment and Mourinho was in uncharacteristically humble mood as he admitted that the home side deserved more from the game.
“Independent of the decision, the best team lost,” said the 50-year-old Portuguese coach.
“We didn’t deserve to win but football is like this. I’m not speaking about the decision as I’m not sure about it.”
Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson had sprung a surprise before kick-off by omitting Wayne Rooney from his starting line-up.
But Mourinho feels the veteran manager has earned the right not to be questioned by anyone – even him.
“Sir Alex has won the right for every decision to be correct and never have a question mark against them,” he added.
“He is the best. He is the top. You are nobody to put a question like that. I am nobody. He did a great job.”
And Mourinho told Sky Sports : “Manchester United were playing very well. They were very compact, they were very aggressive, very well organised technically and the match was very difficult for us.’
“I am a bit frustrated because we played so well against Barcelona and today I was waiting for more. I know they (Manchester United) are giants, not just physically but mentally. I know they are fantastic and have a manager capable of organising and motivating people.’