UEFA Champions League 2018: Lacklustre Manchester United Held At Home By Valencia
Valencia piled more misery on Jose Mourinho by walking away from Old Trafford with a point following a drab goalless stalemate with Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League. The draws extended Manchester United’s winless run at home to four games.
Under-fire Mourinho would have expected more from his team after back-to-back defeats against Derby and West Ham. However, the Red Devils rarely looked threatening. Barring Marcus Rashford’s free-kick that hit the crossbar, United did not create any clear cut chance. In fact, it was Valencia who controlled the game and threatened the home side on break.
United’s evening got off to a forgettable start. Mourinho’s men were caught in heavy traffic around Old Trafford before the game which led to a five-minute delay to the kick-off. And the players did little to make amends for it as the frustrated Old Trafford crowd booed them off after the referee blew the full-time whistle.
United are now without a win at Old Trafford in all competitions since the opening day of the season against Leicester.
The English outfit could not test goalkeeper Neto until the hour mark. United showed some urgency only in the dying minutes but Valencia managed to see off the late surge to hold on to an important draw.
With five minutes remaining, Anthony Martial was tripped just outside the area by Cristiano Piccini. Rashford hit the bar with the resulting free-kick from an acute angle. Shortly after, Romelu Lukaku had an excellent chance from a Luke Shaw corner. However, the Belgian couldn’t even get his header on target.
Prior to that, United enjoyed a dominating spell midway through the second-half.
For the first, Paul Pogba took a free-kick after Alexis Sanchez had been pushed over. The French World Cup-winner managed to evade the wall only to see his shot tipped round the far post.
Draw aside, United remain in a strong position to qualify from Group H. However, the latest performance will further worry Mourinho.
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