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Valencia 2-1 Man Utd: Champions League defeat for Jose Mourinho's side

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Champions League qualification 'is a success' - Mourinho

Manchester United slumped to a limp defeat in Valencia as Phil Jones' own goal ensured they passed up the chance to win Champions League Group H.

United were already assured of qualification for the knockout stages, and a win would have taken them above Juventus, who were surprisingly beaten 2-1 by Young Boys of Switzerland.

But Jose Mourinho's side put in a poor performance and were well beaten by a team, 15th in the Spanish top flight, who named an experimental line-up as they were already certain of finishing third.

Carlos Soler pounced on Jones' headed clearance to strike home a fizzing low finish amid slack marking for Valencia's opener.

And Jones was badly at fault for the second after the break as he diverted a through ball past Sergio Romero from outside his own box, when the United keeper had left his line to claim the ball.

Three bright second-half substitutes combined to earn a late consolation, as Marcus Rashford headed home Ashley Young's cross after Jesse Lingard kept the ball in play.

Juan Mata then almost grabbed an equaliser as he fired a volley wide from inside the box after Paul Pogba's smart chip over the defence.

But defeat means United will play a group winner in the knockout stage, one of Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Paris St-Germain, Porto, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Had United finished top, they would have faced one of Atletico Madrid, Roma, Schalke, Ajax and Lyon.

They next play Premier League leaders Liverpool at Anfield in a 16:00 GMT kick-off on Sunday.

Pogba and Jones not only culprits

Before the game. United boss Mourinho singled out Pogba, urging him to make "a good impact" after being left out of Saturday's 4-1 Premier League home win over Fulham.

The Frenchman's most notable contribution was somehow shooting wide from four yards from a Marouane Fellaini knock-down, although the assistant referee wrongly adjudged him to be offside.

In truth it would be hard to argue that any of United's players enjoyed a successful evening.

Striker Romelu Lukaku endured an error-strewn night with several poor, heavy touches, while Fred, starting for just the seventh time since his £47m summer arrival, also looked off the pace in midfield.

Mourinho's side did rally slightly in the closing stages, but for the vast majority of the game only threatened in isolated chances they threw away, while their defending was at times calamitous. Valencia might have scored four or five.

Michy Batshuayi missed a golden chance to double the lead in the first half when he headed over from close range, Dani Parejo was only denied by a last-ditch block and Romero was forced off his line to stop Santi Mina after a Jones slip that followed his own goal.

United may not have been expecting Juve to slip up too, but were aiming to win all three of their away group matches in the Champions League for the first time since 2010-11.

They made the final that year, losing to Barcelona at Wembley. There looks to be very little hope of repeating such a run this term.

Job done, Mourinho says

How important does United's unlikely and slightly fortunate 2-1 victory away to Juventus look now? How about the last-gasp winner at home to Young Boys, when Mourinho celebrated by throwing a drinks bottle carrier cage to the ground?

Ultimately, those points - perhaps not won convincingly - are the difference between playing in the Europa League's last 32 and the Champions League last 16.

Mourinho said, regardless of Wednesday's outcome, it was "job done in a difficult group".

He added: "I don't think we were brilliant in this group phase, but with the problems we had and the injuries we had we managed to come here already qualified."

United's Champions League results this season:

  • W v Young Boys (a) 0-3
  • D v Valencia (h) 0-0
  • L v Juventus (h) 0-1
  • W v Juventus (a) 2-1
  • W v Young Boys (h) 1-0
  • L v Valencia (a) 2-1
Group H

'Not enough intensity and ambition'

More from Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, speaking to BT Sport:

"We were too passive in the first half. We were quite comfortable with the ball but not in intensity and ambition. In the second half, I was pretty sure that after speaking at half-time things could be different but we started with an own goal that gave Valencia a better position to control the game.

"I made the two changes later and the team improved immediately, we started playing faster, arriving with link play in more dangerous positions, and we probably should get to 2-2 because we had a couple of good chances to equalise.

"But we started the first half playing too comfortable and not with enough intensity."

'Back to square one' - analysis

Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher on BBC Radio 5 live

It wasn't a dead rubber for Manchester United because they have Liverpool on Sunday and some of the players that played tonight aren't in the team regularly. There were questions over them.

Now it feels like players who should have a point to prove have come back in [and haven't proved themselves] and it's kind of back to square one. It was slow, lethargic, disjointed.

Defenders were sitting back and it doesn't work like that - it's a hindrance on the team because they are not up the pitch far enough to support the play. They then end up so deep it invites pressure and they concede goals.

It took Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard to show some endeavour to go and press and lift the team.

If they had played like that from the first minute they would have won the game for me and topped the group. It was too little too late.

Man of the match - Carlos Soler (Valencia)

Carlos Soler
As well as his four key passes, Soler's crisp and confident finish set the tone for an impressive Valencia performance.

Jones joins Lynch - the stats

  • Valencia beat Manchester United in a Champions League match for the first time, in what was the eighth meeting between the sides (W1 D5 L2).
  • Manchester United progressed to the knockout stages of the Champions League with no more than three group-stage victories for the first time since 2008-09 when they won two. That season, they went on to reach the final.
  • Phil Jones is the first Manchester United player to score an own goal away from home in a Champions League match since Mark Lynch did so against Deportivo la Coruna in March 2003 - his only senior appearance for the club.
  • Carlos Soler has been directly involved in three goals in his past two home games in the Champions League for Valencia (two goals, one assist).
  • Marcus Rashford's consolation strike for Manchester United was his first headed goal in the Champions League, and first goal in the competition since December 2017 against CSKA Moscow.

Line-ups

Valencia

  • 1Doménech
  • 21Piccini
  • 3Nunes Vezo
  • 12Diakhaby
  • 15Latorre GruesoBooked at 28minsSubstituted forGarayat 51'minutes
  • 8Soler
  • 10Parejo
  • 6Kondogbia
  • 11CheryshevSubstituted forTorresat 66'minutes
  • 23Batshuayi
  • 22Mina LorenzoSubstituted forRodrigoat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 13Murara Neto
  • 17Coquelin
  • 18Wass
  • 19Rodrigo
  • 20Torres
  • 24Garay
  • 34Lee

Man Utd

  • 22Romero
  • 25A ValenciaBooked at 11mins
  • 3BaillyBooked at 30mins
  • 4Jones
  • 16RojoSubstituted forYoungat 45'minutes
  • 17FredSubstituted forRashfordat 57'minutesBooked at 81mins
  • 27Fellaini
  • 6Pogba
  • 8Mata
  • 9LukakuSubstituted forLingardat 69'minutes
  • 15Pereira

Substitutes

  • 10Rashford
  • 13Grant
  • 14Lingard
  • 18Young
  • 21Herrera
  • 37Garner
  • 54Greenwood
Referee:
Georgi Kabakov
Attendance:
36,544

Match Stats

Home TeamValenciaAway TeamMan Utd
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home11
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home6
Away23

Live Text

Match ends, Valencia 2, Manchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Valencia 2, Manchester United 1.

Offside, Manchester United. Ashley Young tries a through ball, but Marcus Rashford is caught offside.

Foul by Andreas Pereira (Manchester United).

Daniel Parejo (Valencia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Valencia. Conceded by Antonio Valencia.

Attempt missed. Juan Mata (Manchester United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Pogba with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Michy Batshuayi (Valencia) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Carlos Soler.

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

Cristiano Piccini (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Valencia 2, Manchester United 1. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Young with a cross.

Offside, Valencia. Daniel Parejo tries a through ball, but Rodrigo Moreno is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Young.

Foul by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

Rúben Vezo (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Valencia. Mouctar Diakhaby tries a through ball, but Michy Batshuayi is caught offside.

Booking

Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marcus Rashford (Manchester United).

Rúben Vezo (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Antonio Valencia with a cross.

Offside, Valencia. Jaume Doménech tries a through ball, but Michy Batshuayi is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Paul Pogba (Manchester United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jesse Lingard.

Foul by Eric Bailly (Manchester United).

Michy Batshuayi (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Eric Bailly (Manchester United).

Ezequiel Garay (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Ezequiel Garay.

Foul by Antonio Valencia (Manchester United).

Rúben Vezo (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Manchester United. Conceded by Jaume Doménech.

Attempt saved. Andreas Pereira (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Pogba.

Attempt saved. Marcus Rashford (Manchester United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marouane Fellaini.

Foul by Ashley Young (Manchester United).

Carlos Soler (Valencia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Manchester United. Jesse Lingard replaces Romelu Lukaku.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia. Rodrigo Moreno replaces Santi Mina.

Attempt missed. Ferrán Torres (Valencia) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Geoffrey Kondogbia.

Substitution

Substitution, Valencia. Ferrán Torres replaces Denis Cheryshev.

Foul by Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United).

Santi Mina (Valencia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Dortmund6411102813
2Atl Madrid641196313
3Club Brugge61326516
4Monaco6015214-121

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona6420145914
2Tottenham6222910-18
3Inter Milan622267-18
4PSV Eindhoven6024613-72

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1PSG6321179811
2Liverpool63039729
3Napoli62317529
4Red Star Belgrade6114517-124

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1FC Porto6510156916
2Schalke632164211
3Galatasaray611458-34
4Lokomotiv Moscow6105412-83

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bayern Munich64201551014
2Ajax6330115612
3Benfica6213611-57
4AEK Athens6006213-110

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City64111661013
2Lyon6150121118
3Shakhtar Donetsk6132816-86
4Hoffenheim60331114-33

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid6402125712
2Roma630311839
3Viktoria Plzen6213716-97
4CSKA Moscow621389-17

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Juventus640294512
2Man Utd631274310
3Valencia62226608
4Young Boys6114412-84
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