Manchester United held at home by Valencia in Champions League

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Manchester United lie second in Champions League Group HManchester United failed to ease the pressure on manager Jose Mourinho with a goalless draw against Valencia in the Champions League at Old Trafford.United, enduring their worst start to a league campaign for 29 years, started brightly, thanks mainly to the energy of recalled widemen Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez.However, as the Spanish side grew into the contest, the hosts became more ponderous and disjointed.
Indeed, Valencia had the better chances either side of half-time until United rediscovered the impetus and energised not only themselves but also the home crowd.Rashford clipped the top of the bar with a free-kick, but the visitors hung on for a deserved draw that extended United's winless run to four games.United are second in Group H on four points, two behind leaders Juventus, who defeated Swiss side Young Boys 3-0 and will travel to Old Trafford on 23 October with Cristiano Ronaldo restored to their ranks.
Smiling Mourinho given no cheer
In the aftermath of Saturday's 3-1 defeat at West Ham, a result that left United 10th in the Premier League, Mourinho claimed to not be worried about his position.But in his programme notes, the Portuguese did call for his players to "fight, work, compete, win duels, be humble and then at the end of the game every player must be exhausted because of the hard work they have given for the club, for the fans and for each other".If Mourinho really is feeling the heat, he showed little sign. Dressed all in black and chewing on gum, he smiled as he emerged from the tunnel, embracing visiting manager Marcelino and later doing the same with Michy Batshuayi as the on-loan Chelsea striker collected the ball to take a throw-in.Mourinho was a fixture on the touchline, sharing words with Paul Pogba during a break a play and, later, prowling the technical area to urge his men on.As time ran out and Rashford hit the woodwork, he returned to his seat. When the final whistle was blown and he offered a hand to Marcelino, Mourinho would have heard boos from some sections of a crowd that has not seen United win at home for almost two months.
Rashford bright in mixed United display
England international Rashford has not started for United since their opening Champions League win against Young Boys, while Sanchez was not involved at all against West Ham.They were two of four changes and, in the early stages, posed problems down the flanks as United pressed high up the pitch.The hosts, though, became nervy as Valencia gradually took control of the midfield. For long periods, the Spanish side carried a greater threat, particularly on the counter, while United took too long to move the ball forwards.Just as the home crowd was beginning to get tetchy, and soon after a cry of "attack, attack, attack", United started to threaten again.Pogba had a free-kick palmed over by visiting goalkeeper Neto, the previously anonymous Romelu Lukaku began to make a nuisance of himself and Anthony Martial replaced Sanchez to a huge reception.Predictably, it was Rashford who came closest, bending a free-kick on to the top of the bar after Martial was tripped on the edge of the penalty area.The hosts scrambled as the final whistle loomed but, ultimately, did not have the guile to break down the organised visitors.
Determined Valencia deserve their point
Valencia, Champions League finalists in 2000 and 2001, are enjoying something of a resurgence and are competing in Europe's premier competition for the first time in three seasons.However, they arrived at Old Trafford with only one win in seven La Liga games so far this term and were beaten by Juventus in the opening week of the Champions League.Initially, they looked in danger of being overrun, but gradually grew into the contest and will leave Old Trafford knowing they had opportunities to earn victory.The powerful Geoffrey Kondogbia was a dominant presence in midfield, the Frenchman not only shielding his defence but also propelling the Spaniards forward.Goncalo Guedes buzzed around a United defence that often allowed their opponents too much space and should have done better when missing the target from the edge of the box, while Batshuayi also fired over when given a sight of goal.Eventually, Valencia were forced backwards, but it would have been harsh on them had United found a winner.
Man of the match - Marcus Rashford

Valencia's Kondogbia deserves praise for running the midfield, but if all of the United side showed Rashford's energy, willing and fearlessness, they would have got more from this game
'We don't have the technical quality' - what they said
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho: "The players tried. They raised the level of their efforts. They raised the level of their intensity in spite of the fact we don't have many with that intensity. We don't have the technical quality to build from the back."We tried to do something we did well, which was to stop a fast team on the counter-attack. We knew we wouldn't create 20 chances. Our attacking players aren't in their best moments of confidence and individual level."We thought with three or four chances we would score and win the game."Former Manchester United striker Dion Dublin on BBC Radio 5 live: "Looking at their body language, a few players aren't playing for the manager. "I hate to call out players, but it's Manchester United, it's a Champions League night, you're at home against Valencia and you cannot put a performance in like that. "I'm frustrated. There's something fundamentally wrong with the balance and togetherness of this football club behind the scenes."
Mourinho's misery - the stats
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has gone four consecutive home games in all competitions without a win for the first time in his managerial career.
Manchester United are winless in their past four games in all competitions at Old Trafford - their longest such run since December 2015 (under Louis van Gaal).
This was just Valencia's second draw in their past 18 group games in the Champions League (W8 D8), with the previous one coming back in November 2012 against Bayern Munich (1-1).
Manchester United have faced Valencia on more occasions without losing than any other Champions League opponent (P7 W2 D5).
Three of Manchester United's past four games against Spanish opponents in the Champions League have finished 0-0 (previously against Real Sociedad in November 2013 and Sevilla in February 2018).
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Match Stats
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Man Utd
1De Gea
25A Valencia
7SanchezSubstituted forMartialat 76'minutes
9LukakuBooked at 86mins[/i]
13Murara Neto
21PicciniBooked at 85mins[/i]
14GayaBooked at 87mins[/i]
17CoquelinBooked at 21mins[/i]Substituted forSolerat 78'minutes
10ParejoBooked at 45mins[/i]
6KondogbiaBooked at 90mins[/i]
7Goncalo GuedesSubstituted forCheryshevat 83'minutes
19RodrigoBooked at 32mins[/i]
23BatshuayiSubstituted forGameiroat 73'minutes
3Nunes Vezo
Referee:Slavko VincicAttendance:73,569
Match Stats
Home TeamMan UtdAway TeamValenciaPossessionHome52%Away48%ShotsHome18Away8Shots on TargetHome4Away1CornersHome11Away1FoulsHome16Away15
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Match ends, Manchester United 0, Valencia 0.
Full Time
Posted at 90'+4' Second Half ends, Manchester United 0, Valencia 0.Posted at 90'+3' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ezequiel Garay.Posted at 90'+3' Attempt blocked. Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Posted at 90'+2' Geoffrey Kondogbia (Valencia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 90'+2' Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 90'+2' Foul by Geoffrey Kondogbia (Valencia).Posted at 90' Foul by Paul Pogba (Manchester United).Posted at 90' Carlos Soler (Valencia) wins a free kick on the right wing.Posted at 90' Eric Bailly (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 90' Foul by Denis Cheryshev (Valencia).Posted at 88' Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross following a corner.
Posted at 87' Jose Gaya (Valencia) is shown the yellow card.Posted at 87' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ezequiel Garay.
Posted at 86' Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 86' Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United).Posted at 86' Gabriel (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 86' Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) hits the bar with a right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left from a direct free kick.
Posted at 85' Cristiano Piccini (Valencia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Posted at 85' Anthony Martial (Manchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.Posted at 85' Foul by Cristiano Piccini (Valencia).Posted at 83' Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Antonio Valencia.
Posted at 83' Substitution, Valencia. Denis Cheryshev replaces Goncalo Guedes.Posted at 82' Offside, Manchester United. Antonio Valencia tries a through ball, but Romelu Lukaku is caught offside.Posted at 82' Attempt blocked. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Posted at 81' Paul Pogba (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.Posted at 81' Foul by Geoffrey Kondogbia (Valencia).
Posted at 78' Substitution, Valencia. Carlos Soler replaces Francis Coquelin.Posted at 78' Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).Posted at 78' Daniel Parejo (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Posted at 76' Substitution, Manchester United. Anthony Martial replaces Alexis Sanchez.Posted at 75' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Francis Coquelin.Posted at 74' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Neto.Posted at 74' Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Pogba with a cross.
Posted at 73' Substitution, Valencia. Kevin Gameiro replaces Michy Batshuayi.Posted at 72' Attempt blocked. Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marouane Fellaini.Posted at 71' Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Neto.Posted at 71' Attempt saved. Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Paul Pogba.Posted at 70' Daniel Parejo (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Posted at 70' Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).
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