Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said “nothing surprised” him about his team’s miserable performance against Valencia on Wednesday
Manchester United were beaten 2-1 by Valencia, a result made all the more disappointing given they could have gone through top of Group H following Juventus’ surprise loss to Young Boys.
“I didn’t learn anything at all,” Mourinho said. “Nothing surprised me at all.”
United go through as runners-up into Monday’s draw for the last 16, with Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Paris Saint-Germain, Porto, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich their potential opponents in the next round.
Finishing first would have earned them a tie against one of Atletico Madrid, Roma, Schalke, Ajax and Lyon.
“I think to qualify in this group is a success, never a failure. To finish second in this group is always a success,” Mourinho said.
“Before the game I told the players if we win and Juve win, we did our job. If we don’t win and Juve don’t win we can blame ourselves.
“Apart from a couple of clubs that are clearly much better than the others, I don’t think the draw will be significantly different.
“There are teams that finish second that the ones that finish first will not be happy to play against.”
Mourinho said his team only improved after he made three changes he “didn’t want to make”, as Marcus Rashford, who scored United’s goal, Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young were all introduced in the second half.