Jose Mourinho thought the result at the Mestalla wouldn’t matter on Wednesday night. Turns out the Manchester United manager was wrong.
Juventus’s surprise defeat to Young Boys in Switzerland meant that United’s failure to win here cost them first place in Group H – as much as it would have flattered them – and, most likely, a more favourable draw in the last 16 on Monday.
Instead, Mourinho made eight changes in the belief that the outcome would be irrelevant and saw United well beaten by a Valencia team who can count themselves unfortunate to be dropping into the Europa League.
United manager Jose Mourinho can barely watch as the Red Devils get the second half off to the worst possible start