Manchester United and Valencia are both entering Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League fixture in desperate need of a positive result, as the two struggling sides lock horns at Old Trafford.
The Reds are winless in their last three matches across all competitions, including a 3-1 defeat against West Ham during the weekend, with pressure mounting on manager Jose Mourinho. Los Che, who have had more managers than Donald Trump has had hot dinners, finally halted their four-match winless streak against Real Sociedad in a 1-0 triumph.
Per Oddschecker, United are currently best priced at 4/5 with William Hill, while a draw has good odds at 29/10 via Betfair and a Valencia win comes in at 9/2 with Paddy Power.
Date: Tuesday, October 2
TV info: BT Sport 2
Stream: BT Sport app
It’s going to be a big ask for either side to find an immediate fix to these ongoing slumps. United are not a good outfit at the moment and, like Valencia, have spent years toying with mediocrity.
Neither club can boast a sense of stability, but Le Che have really taken the piss with managers down the years. There must be something deeper than a poor recruitment process, which is very much the problem for us at United.
When the draw for Group H was made high-flying Valencia were expected to be an exciting attacking challenger to the giants of the group, Juventus and United. The Serie A giants held up their end up of the deal, but will we?
United are 10th in the Premier League and already trail rivals Manchester City and Liverpool by nine points. The loss against West Ham was an embarrassing one given the result, performance and attitude shown by the vast majority of players, who look like they can’t be arsed playing for the manager anymore.
Valencia were supposed to be this enjoyable attacking juggernaut after a summer of investment in which they retained the services of both striker Rodrigo and winger Goncalo Guedes, who turned his loan to the Mestalla into a permanent switch.
This encounter will also see Andreas Pereira face some former teammates after his loan spell at Valencia last season. He’s definitely come back a better player but game time has been limited. It would be a great shame if Mourinho was to leave him or Juan Mata out considering both previously played for Valencia in the past and are more than capable of causing havoc against the La Liga side.
Valencia’s attacking issues may give United the push to attack with numbers, but this is United under Mourinho. We rarely do things that way and would *prefer* to sit back and soak up the pressure.
Three minutes in. Scoreline: 0-0. Tell us, Jose, what your plan was against West Ham? pic.twitter.com/pofghRb6jm
— Dale O’Donnell (@ODonnellDale) September 30, 2018
Prediction: United 2-1 Valencia