Manchester United 0-0 Valencia PLAYER RATINGS: Romelu Lukaku And Alexis Sanchez Fail To Inspire

Paul Pogba looked like he was going through the motions at times and came close to scoring

Manchester United were held by Valencia to a goalless draw at home with the pressure continuing to mount on manager Jose Mourinho. 

Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford failed to break the deadlock for the Red Devils as they remain unbeaten in their opening two games of their Champions League campaign.

Here Eagleseye Footy looks at how Mourinho’s stars compared with the Spanish opponents following their goalless stalemate at Old Trafford.

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-3-3)

David De Gea 6

Had very little to do against a Valencia side who couldn’t turn their approach play into chances.

Antonio Valencia 6.5

Brought his combative approach to the United back-four and made a vital late interception.

Eric Bailly 6.5

Another defender recalled to the line-up who added bite despite taking a blow to the throat from Rodrigo.

Chris Smalling 6

Another game, another centre-back partner for him. Coped well in what must be a difficult situation.

Luke Shaw 7

Became more influential as the game wore on as he continues to grow in confidence.

Marouane Fellaini 5.5

Didn’t have nearly enough impact but made a vital clearance header towards the end.

Nemanja Matic 6

Worked hard for his old Chelsea boss but guilty of being sloppy in possession at times.

Paul Pogba 5.5

Looked like he was going through the motions at times but went close with a second-half free kick.

Marcus Rashford 7

Better cutting in front the left and was United’s brightest player. Hit the bar late on.

Marcus Rashford was United’s brightest player on the night and even hit the bar late on

Romelu Lukaku 5

Another ineffective performance given that he is meant to be one the few players still backing Mourinho. 

Alexis Sanchez 5

Switched from left to right but it made very little difference. Disappointing again for a player of his talent.

SUBS

Martial (for Sanchez 76, 6)

UNUSED

Romero, Darmian, Lindelof, Fred, Mata, McTominay

VALENCIA (4-4-2)

Neto 6.5; Piccini 6, Garay 7, Gabriel 7, Gaya 5.5; Parejo 6.5, Coquelin 6.5 (Soler 78, 6.5), Kondogbia 7, Guedes 7 (Cheryshev 82); Batshuayi 6 (Gameiro 73, 6), Rodrigo 6 

SUBS

Domenech, Vezo, Diakhaby, Wass

MANAGER

Marcelino Garcia Toral 6.5

He has done a fine job at turning Valencia around and that was evident in a confident performance from the Spaniards.

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