Champions League: Manchester United Shows Up Late, Then Draws

Manchester United turned up late for the match and produced another lackluster performance in a 0-0 home draw with Valencia in the Champions League on Tuesday, increasing the scrutiny on Manager José Mourinho.

Kickoff was delayed by five minutes at Old Trafford because United’s team bus got stuck in traffic on the way to the ground, arriving just 45 minutes before the scheduled start time of the Group H game.

United’s players never really got going on the field, either, with a late rally failing to yield a goal that would have secured a second straight win in group play. United is in second place with four points, two behind Juventus.

After a week when United lost to both second-tier Derby County in the English League Cup and then West Ham in the Premier League, Mourinho was looking for a reaction from his players and said before the match that “it’s time for the people on the pitch to show them that they love the club as much as the fans.”

Even if the desire was there, the quality was lacking. Valencia looked more dangerous and sprightly going forward, but didn’t have the cutting edge to match its build-up play.

Valencia earned its first point of group play and is in third place.

MANCHESTER CITY 2, HOFFENHEIM 1 David Silva scored late for Manchester City to end its four-game losing streak in the Champions League with a win at Hoffenheim. Silva struck from a narrow angle with three minutes remaining after pouncing on a loose ball ahead of the 21-year-old defender Stefan Posch.

 

City bounced back from its opening 2-1 home loss to Lyon in the Champions League despite falling behind in the first minute, when Ishak Belfodil shot past the Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson after Kerem Demirbay played the ball through the visitors’ defense. Sergio Agüero equalized minutes later with a simple finish off a set-up from Leroy Sané.

CSKA MOSCOW 1, REAL MADRID 0 Real Madrid failed to score for the third straight game as it slumped to a loss at CSKA Moscow.

Madrid, the defending champion, hit the woodwork three times against a Russian team that went ahead through Nikola Vlasic’s goal in the second minute.

Madrid lost 3-0 at Sevilla last Wednesday in the Spanish league and drew 0-0 in Saturday’s Madrid derby against Atlético.

AJAX 1, BAYERN MUNICH 1 Bayern Munich held on to a draw against visiting Ajax as the German team’s recent wobbles continued. Noussair Mazraoui scored for Ajax after Mats Hummels headed Bayern into an early lead, and the home side was fortunate to secure a point after Lasse Schone rattled the crossbar in injury time.

“We could have and should have won,” Ajax Coach Erik ten Hag said. “Except for at the beginning of the match, we put in a fantastic performance.”

Source:nytimes

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