Manchester United 0-0 Valencia: 5 important conclusions from the game
#4 Valencia were poor in the final third
The Spanish side found a lot of joy on the left-hand side, thanks to the huge gaps left behind by the marauding Antonio Valencia, however, they could not capitalize on their build up. They started as early as the 2nd minute, taking advantage of a poor United counter-attack, however, the move accounted to nothing, as Rodrigo overran the ball. It was a sign of things to come, because, throughout the first half, Valencia matched United ball for ball in attack, and sometimes surpassed the Old Trafford outfit. Their passing was good, and the left-back Gaya found a lot of space to run into right from the start, but the end product was missing. When they did manage to register a shot, they were off target. The shot on target was tame and hardly troubled De Gea.
Valencia saw a lot of the ball, even though they were the away side, yet could not build on their possession. It is clear why they have only scored 5 goals all season. They had 8 shots in total and only one of those were on target. They were unable to test the United defence and their inability to score might come back to haunt them.