Jose Mourinho's men begun the game brightly against the European champions - playing their first pre-season game of the summer - and put themselves in charge through goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera.
Bale and Benzema struggled to impact proceedings, that was until the latter pulled a goal back in first-half stoppage time when the Frenchman latched onto a Theo Hernandez cross as United's defence switched off. Real's attacks were sporadic and yet they did manage to find the target before half time.
"I would like to have two more players", Mouriho said.
At the press conference following the Madrid game, Mourinho emphasised that a "majority" of his players have a fantastic spirit heading into the new season, but that he does not know if Martial will be back with the group.
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"I wish Julen (Lopetegui), the best luck, I've known him for 21-22 years".
Mourinho again asserted that too much shouldn't be read into the result, chiefly because of the limited personnel available to him. I know what Herrera is, I know what Mata is, I know what Sanchez is, I know what they are.
"I know that the kids are very young and the kids need time to grow up".
"He'll be the player that hopefully will go and make up the ground to get close to Sanchez and Mata".
The English giants fly back to Manchester and will now play their final pre-season tie, a clash with Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Sunday (2345 IST). They face Leicester City on Friday, August 10th while all other clubs have an extra day to get ready.
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