Real Madrid Manager Jose Mourinho: The Best Team Lost

Michael Cummings@MikeCummings37World Football Lead WriterMarch 6, 2013

The action on the pitch during Manchester United's showdown with Real Madrid left us with plenty to talk about afterwards. The postgame press conferences were almost as intriguing.

After Real Madrid defeated Manchester United 2-1 at Old Trafford Tuesday night, United manager Sir Alex Ferguson declined to attend his post-match press conference.

Assistant Mike Phelan said Ferguson was not "in any fit state" to talk about the match after referee Cuneyt Cakir's controversial decision to send off Nani in the second half (via Daily Telegraph): "We all witnessed a decision which seemed harsh, almost incredible at that moment in the game. It’s a distraught dressing room and a distraught manager and that’s why I’m sitting here in front of you now.”

In an English-language television interview shortly after the final whistle, Real Madrid manager said United deserved to win. The interview appears in the clip above and serves as our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Wednesday. Enjoy.

"Independent of the decision, the best team lost," Mourinho said. "We didn't play well. We didn't deserve to win. But football is like this. I'm not talking about the decision because I'm not sure about it, but independent of that, the best team lost."

European football's governing body UEFA has backed Cakir over the decision (via The Guardian).

During the match, Mourinho also appeared to console Ferguson along the touchline. Mourinho left the pitch before the final whistle.

Afterwards, speculation ran wild in the press. According to many, Mourinho's actions mean he is definitely aiming to be United's next manager. Meanwhile, others saw Ferguson's decision to drop Wayne Rooney as a sign that Rooney's time with the club is running out.

So, then, here's your chance to weigh in on a variety of subjects. Beyond the decision itself, was Mourinho right? Did the best team lose?

Or is Mourinho just angling for the United job?

Let it all out in the comments section below.

(h/t 101 Great Goals)