I cannot offer any help, unfortunately, but out of curiosity, what hardware are you running that allowed you to install and run macOS without any intervention? I also have VMWare and (one of) the most well equipped model of hardware clone of a 13” MBP (Dell XPS 13) that can be “easily” made into a hackintosh, as it contains nearly all of the same components as a base model 13” Pro.
I thought it would be fun to run a test env on it, but then after installing, I was met with such significant hurdles to overcome just to boot into the installed OS, there was a whole webpage dedicated to all the boot loader workarounds and sneaky little mods that had to be made. I was led to believe in my half a day wasted on research that this was commonplace, and I just said forget it and gave up.
This was around the time of El Capitan or High Sierra, iirc. If there is another version that would run without issue, I would be interested to give it another try (if you don’t mind sharing details of your setup and OS version).