Manchester United has already guaranteed a spot in the Champions League knockout stage, but the Red Devils could still win Group H with a victory over Valencia combined with a loss or draw by Juventus at Young Boys. Though it’s unlikely Juve drops points on the road, the Red Devils will go for the win in Eastern Spain against a team it couldn’t beat the first time they played at Old Trafford.
Manchester United already has guaranteed a spot in the Champions League knockout stage, but the Red Devils could still win Group H with a victory over Valencia combined with a loss or draw by Juventus at Young Boys. Though it’s unlikely Juve drops points on the road, the Red Devils will go for the win in Eastern Spain against a team it couldn’t beat the first time they played at Old Trafford.
Manchester United: The Red Devils are thin in defense and could be without guys like Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly. Luke Shaw is also doubtful this one, and if all of these guys miss out, Valencia will have more than its fair chance of winning.
Valencia: This is a team that has dealt with several injuries, and it always seems like somebody important is missing. Star attacker Goncalo Guedes has missed time due to injury and is unavailable for this match, as is striker Kevin Gameiro.
he Red Devils score early, but a late goal from Valencia sees the teams split the points, as United finishes second in the group.
As well as his legendary status at Old Trafford, Neville is a successful businessman with his fingers in many pies, from restaurants to hotels, so ultimately his foray into coaching will not define him.
However his torturous reign in Valencia will not be forgotten quickly either. Neville’s appointment was seen as bizarre at the time and disastrous when he was sacked.
Valencia took only 14 points from 16 league games under Neville and the coach was dismissed with the team in 14th, six points above the relegation zone.
The Englishman made mistakes. How could he not? Walking into a coaching job at one of Spain’s biggest sides without speaking the language was an error to start with.
Neville had no experience as a head coach and, while that didn’t make it impossible for a coach to succeed, it certainly made it unlikely.
Neville, a friend and business partner of Peter Lim, the Spanish side’s Singaporean owner who bought a 50 percent stake in Salford City, also arrived without back-up, although brother Phil Neville was already at the club working as an assistant manager.
Not having anyone come in with him who spoke Spanish was a grave mistake. Neville would have been bolstered significantly if he’d had a team to work with that knew the league, the players and the fans, and understood the language, the media and the culture of the country.