UEFA Champions League: Valencia 2 Man United 1
Valencia - C. Soler (17'), P. Jones (O.G. 47')
Man United - M. Rashford (87') Manchester United were made to settle for second place in Champions League Group H after a narrow defeat against Valencia in Spain.
Carlos Soler fired the hosts ahead and an own goal from Phil Jones early in the second period doubled their lead. Substitute Marcus Rashford pulled one back for the much-changed Reds late on but it came too late to mount a comeback.
The disappointing result meant Jose Mourinho's men had to settle for the runners-up spot, and a potentially more challenging last-16 tie, as Juventus clinched top place in the group despite losing 2-1 against Young Boys in Switzerland.
Valencia took the lead in the 17th minute when Soler drilled a low shot into the bottom corner past Romero after Mina’s cross was initially cleared by Marcos Rojo.
The Reds made a change at the break as Ashley Young came on to replace Rojo at left-back but, within 90 seconds of the restart, it was 2-0 as Jones unfortunately poked the ball past Romero as he tried to hold off Batshuayi, who latched onto a through pass from first goalscorer Soler.
United at least maintained our positive record of scoring in all 11 of our competitive away games this season when substitute Rashford headed home Young's cross, after Lingard did well to keep the ball alive in the build-up.
The Reds rallied late on as Mata almost marked his return to Spain with a late equaliser but he couldn't connect cleanly with Pogba's scooped pass and it wasn't to be for United on what was an ultimately frustrating evening in Spain.
Mourinho's men can now turn attention to Sunday’s testing trip to Anfield to face arch-rivals Liverpool in the Premier League (kick-off 16:00 GMT), before the Champions League last-16 draw on Monday, which is due to take place at 11:00 GMT in Nyon.
Match report by: Adam Higgins (manutd.com)
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