Both managers named strong sides but it was Real that dominated for much of the match, the 2-1 score line flattering the Europa League champions.
Gareth Bale has managed to succeed where former Welsh star Ryan Giggs botched and lead Wales into their first major finals in 57 years, the 2016 European championship in France.
With Manchester United set to line-up against Liverpool on Saturday without a locally-developed player in the side for the first time in Premier League history, the topic of home-grown talent is a contentious one.
Comment: Man Utd’s Rooney undoubtedly an England legend, FIFA rankings a sham, Stokes ‘stop’ just not cricket
Wayne Rooney’s penalty against San Marino, a team who boast just a single victory from 129 matches, was hardly the most auspicious manner in which to make history – a fact that most observers have used to discredit the 29-year-old’s accomplishment.
Rooney, Ferdinand, Carrick, Young and Milner in Top 10
Manchester United on transfer red alert as Cristiano Ronaldo vents ‘anger’ at Ozil’s Real Madrid departure
Ronaldo angry after Ozil sold to Arsenal
Comment: Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid is huge mistake – Old Trafford would give him the silverware
Welshman should snub Spanish sun for magnificent Manchester
Sporting bad-boys push rules to the limit
‘My future? I don’t know’: Ronaldo coy on Old Trafford return amidst rumours of Manchester United transfer coup
Ronaldo refuses to reveal any move to Old Trafford
The new Gareth Bale? Andres Iniesta says defences in for tough ride with Manchester City new boy Navas
Spanish winger cost the Citizens £15million from Sevilla
Cristiano Ronaldo to meet Manchester United club officials – fuelling Old Trafford return speculation
Ronaldo left Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2009