A spectacular goal from Phil Jones dominated the headlines on Wednesday evening, though the strike was into his own net
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Jose Mourinho bemoaned his side’s lack of intensity in Wednesday’s Champions League loss to Valencia, one which saw the team undone by an own goal.
Carlos Soler opened the scoring in Valencia’s 2-1 win with Phil Jones’ calamitous second-half own goal proving too much for Mourinho’s side.
A late Marcus Rashford strike brought the Red Devils back into the match, but it proved too little, too late for Mourinho and Co.
In spite of the loss, Manchester United move onto the knockout stages in second place behind Juventus, who left the door open for a first-place finish due to a 2-1 loss to Young Boys.
However, Manchester United couldn’t capitalise, much to the frustration of the Portuguese manager.
“We scored two and instead of winning we lost! But, jokes aside, we were too passive in the first half, comfortable but without intensity and ambition in the second,” Mourinho told BT Sport.
“I was pretty sure after speaking at halftime things could be different but we started with an own goal and that gave Valencia a better condition to control the game.
“I made the two changes later and the team improved immediately and we started playing faster and arriving with link play in more dangerous positions.
“We got to 2-1. We should get to 2-2 because we had a couple of chances to equalise, but, I think we wasted the first half playing too comfortable and not with enough intensity.”
The club finished the group stage on 10 points, having won three, drawn one and lost two in a group that included Juventus, Valencia and Young Boys.
Manchester United currently sit sixth in the Premier League, eight points behind Chelsea and Arsenal in fourth and fifth place.
Next up for the club is a match against Liverpool, who booked their own knockout round spot with a narrow victory over Napoli on Tuesday to finish second in their Champions League group.