Valencia managed to end their Champions League campaign on the high after they secured a solid 2-1 win over Manchester United on Wednesday night. The Mestalla outfit had come into the game with the scarcity for regular goals but they managed to outsmart their Premier League counterparts after a strike from Carlos Soler alongside an own goal from Phil Jones. Marcus Rashford netted the sole consolation for United off the bench three minutes from time.
Two things we learned:
Manchester United squander chance to top the group: The Red Devils came into the game with the chance to top their group with a win, should Juventus suffer a surprise defeat on the road to Young Boys. The opportunity became a reality within the opening 30 minutes with the Bianconeri trailing in Switzerland but United suffered a similar downfall at the Mestalla. The string of changes made certainly did not provide the cohesion with Paul Pogba and Fred among those being guilty of losing regular possession of the ball. Likewise, the defensive display was far from impressive with Phil Jones, in particular, being at fault for both of his side’s goals on the night.
Valencia enjoy rare victory moment in difficult season: Marcelino’s side have looked far off from the team that sealed the fourth position during the previous campaign and much of this has resulted from the strike force which has struggled to excel at regular intervals. Against United, Soler grabbed a slightly fortuitous goal after a drilled shot which went through the legs of Eric Bailly but barring this, they showed the recent tendency of squandering opportunities with Michy Batshuayi being responsible for most of those. The Belgian was pretty mediocre with his finishing on the night and missed the best chance on the night after fluffing his lines with an easy header from just five yards.
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