Preview - Manchester United vs Valencia 03 October 18

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Champions' League Group H
Manchester United vs. Valencia
Wednessday, October 3rd 2018
04:00am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Old Trafford

Manchester United: 
Last five matches form: W W D L L
Average goals per match: 1.43
Average goals against per match: 1.71
Top Scorer: Romelu Lukaku (4)

Last five matches form: D L D D W
Average goals per match: 0.71
Average goals against per match: 0.86
Top Scorer: Five players on one goal

If the rumour mill is to be believed then José Mourinho's days as Manchester United boss may well be numbered, with Zinedine Zidane being touted as the next man to take his place in the old Trafford hot seat. With so much going on off the field how will Mourinho be able to focus his players upon the task at hand here?

This will be the seventh meeting between Manchester United and Valencia, and so far, Valencia are yet to win any. Manchester United having won three of the previous six and the other three games ending in a draw.

Despite their Premier League woes, United did start their Champions League campaign in good style; winning 3-0 away at Young Boys on Match Day 1. Having since been dumped out of the Carabao Cup by a Championship side and stuffed away at West Ham though they enter this match on a definite low.

Valencia aren't in the best of form either though with only two wins in their past nine in all competitions, including a 2-0 loss at home to ten-man Juventus on the opening day in this competition. Having won away at Real Sociedad at the weekend though at least their most recent result was a good one.

Marcus Rojo, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Ander Herrera are all out for United. Santi Mina misses out for the visitors.

A tough game to call. One trait of Valencia's recent games though is that they have been relatively low scoring, and against a United side low on confidence we suspect it may be more of the same here.

Prediction: Manchester United 1 - 1 Valencia


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 0
Shots:  8 - 5
Shots on target: 4 - 1
Corner Kicks: 11 - 1
Possession: 54% - 46%

Neither side troubled the scoresheet in this one, but they did keep referee Slavko Vincic's card count ticking over throughout. Romelu Lukaku having his name taken for the home side, with Francis Coquelin, Rodrigo, Daniel Parejo, Cristiano Piccini, Jose Gaya and Geoffrey Kondogbia all being booked for Valencia.

Very little for either side to shout about in what was a pretty dull opening 45 minutes. Both United and Valencia seriously struggling to muster any kind off attacking threat as the defences were coming out well on top. Efforts from range from Marcus Rashford and Goncalo Guedes being the only real efforts of note.

The second half was a bit better - but not much. Michy Batshuayi firing over when well placed for Valencia; Romelu Lukaku forcing a decent stop from Neto, and Rashford clipping the top of the crossbar with a late free kick from a tight angle for Manchester United.

This was probably mission accomplished overall for Valencia as they picked up what may prove to be a valuable point on the road.

Manchester United still sit in a decent position though with two games played, lying in second place behind Juventus with four points. They will likely need to improve significantly on this showing - and indeed the majority of performances we have seen from this season overall - if they are to get anything from their two games with the Italian champions.

Valencia may have just the one point to show from their opening two games but they still have Young Boys to play twice and two wins in those fixtures would bring them right into contention in terms of qualifying from the group.

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