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Champions League: How Blunt Manchester United Attack Misfires In Valencia Draw

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Premier League side Manchester United extended their winless run to four games in all competitions after the Red Devils’ blunt attack fail to fire against Spanish side Valencia in their Champions League clash at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

Both sides played out a goalless draw with England international forward Marcus Rashford going close through a free kick which hit the top of the crossbar in the second half.

Manchester United went into the Valencia game on the back of their worst league start in 29 years and with manager Jose Mourinho under immense pressure as a result of this but the outcome of the game has failed to ease the high level of scrutiny on the Portuguese tactician.

Mourinho made four changes to his starting XI from the weekend game with recalls for the quartet of club captain Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Alexis Sanchez and Marcus Rashford.

The recalled attacking duo of Sanchez and Rashford inspired the Red Devils to start the game on the front foot but the team largely struggled to create scoring opportunities.

Valencia players initially found it hard to impose themselves in the early stages but later gained confidence into the game and went on to create the best chances either side of halftime which they didn’t convert.

Rashford thereafter hit a free kick onto the bar after French international Anthony Martial was fouled as both teams settled for a share of the spoils.

With the draw, Manchester United (4 points) drop to the second spot behind new leaders Juventus (6 points) who thrashed Young Boys FC of Switzerland 3-0 at home in the other Group H game.

Valencia (1 point) stay in the third spot ahead of bottom team Young Boys (0 point).

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