A morale-boosting victory for Valencia as they exit the competition on a high, even if Rashford’s late consolation caused a few concerns.
United have to settle for runners-up in Group H (victory would have seen them top the group).
Rashford and Lingard had a big impact when they came on. They were more positive and played better football. It was just a bit quicker and sharper. The first half was so slow.
Jose Mourinho’s side threw away the chance to avoid Europe’s big guns in the next round of the Champions League with an awful showing in Spain
Manchester United were still in with a shout of finishing at the top of their Champions League group heading to Valencia on Wednesday. As it turned out, a win would have achieved exactly that.
But you wouldn’t have known it watching their performance as they turned in a catastrophically submissive display in a 2-1 defeat which could now consign them to a round of 16 clash with one of Europe’s giant clubs.
But their result in Spain now dictates that they will be drawn against one of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain and Porto in Monday’s draw rather than teeing up a potentially more favourable last-16 affair.
Valencia: Domenech; Piccini, Ruben Vezo, Diakhaby, Lato (Garay 51); Soler, Kondogbia, Parejo (c), Cheryshev (Torres 66); Batshuayi, Santi Mina (Rodrigo 68).
Subs not used: Neto, Coquelin, Lee, Wass.
Scorers: Soler 17, Jones (own goal) 47
Manchester United: Romero; Valencia (c), Jones, Bailly, Rojo (Young 46); Fred (Rashford 57), Fellaini, Pogba; Mata, Lukaku (Lingard 69), A. Pereira.
Subs not used: Grant, Garner, Herrera, Greenwood.
Booked: Valencia, Bailly, Rashford
Scorer: Rashford 87
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