Manchester United is in a tricky period with one point in the last two series matches and a lot of trouble around coach José Mourinho and Paul Pogba. The Tuesday evening’s 0-0 result against Valencia does not make the situation for the red-clad much better.
“Our confidence is not so good right now, but the setting is good,” said Mourinho to Viasat.
“I wanted a reaction today, and I got it.” There was no phenomenal reaction, but it was a reaction. The players tried to win. We did what our quality allowed us to do, he added.
Great start, did not lead to success
The red devils started the best, thanks to the energy of Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez, but Valencia took over and over without any of the teams coming to the really big chances in the first place. The biggest was signed Goncalo Guedes who entered the path from the left. He knocked towards the longest cross, but the ball went one meter above the goal of David de Gea.
Manchester United, who easily beat Young Boys 3-0 in the first group match, would soon see Guedes again. Five minutes in the second half, the Portuguese fired off, but once again the shot went outside the cross.
Paul Pogba showed up on several occasions and made more chances, but it would not be for the Frenchman. He had to see his team go speechlessly off the pitch against an opposing Valencia team.
Juventus, without Cristiano Ronaldo, won comfortably 3-0 against Young Boys in the second match in Group H. Paulo Dybala scored true hat trick.
Manchester United is in 2nd place in Group H, the place behind Juventus. Valencia is in 3rd place and Young Boys is on the last.
Marcus Rashford won the Man of the Match trophy in Tuesday’s match.
Dion Dublin’s reaction after the match
Dion Duvlin, former Manchester United striker said on BBC radio 5 that “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.”