Jose Mourinho would have wanted a victory to ease the pressure that is building around him at Old Trafford, but Valencia were able to hold on to salvage a goalless draw at the Theatre of Dreams.
Manchester United pushed and pushed for the victory, especially in the second 45 minutes, but either lacked creativity of finishing, or else they were denied by visiting goalkeeper Neto.
Valencia started really brightly, with Goncalo Guedes causing Antonio Valenciaall kinds of issues as he burst forward on the Spanish side’s left flank, with a couple of early crosses into the box nearly very being turned in.
United improved as the half progressed, even if they didn’t create much in the way of clear-cut chances, before the English side really started to turn the screw after the half time break.
Ezequiel Garay, who was excellent all evening, did superbly to get in Paul Pogba‘s way and to deny the Frenchman in the 53rd minute, while Los Che were in safe hands whenever the back line was breached.
Neto made four saves in total on the night, denying Pogba just past the hour mark and saving from Romelu Lukaku twice in quick succession in the 71st and 74th minutes.
Even on the one occasion where both the Valencia defence and goalkeeper were beaten, the woodwork came to the rescue, with a Marcus Rashford‘s thwack hitting the top of the crossbar and flying away from danger.
Even if Valencia had frequently looked dangerous on the break, United had been the better side over the course of the 90 minutes and Marcelino can be pleased to have taken a point – Valencia‘s sixth draw of the season – from a stadium like Old Trafford.