What a missed opportunity that was for Manchester United.
Juventus slipped up against Young Boys, and a win over Valencia would have sealed top spot in the group. Instead United lost 2-1, with Marcus Rashford scoring a late consolation.
United rotated the team, with an eye on the trip to Liverpool at the weekend. It did not pay off.
There are three selection decisions Manchester United fans never want to see again.
Picking Fellaini as defensive midfielder
Marouane Fellaini has his uses. He’s proved that this season. Look at how Juventus panicked when he came on as a substitute in Turin.
Valencia were not worried at all lining up against Fellaini last night, who played in a defensive midfield role.
It did not work at all and he made the frequently uninspiring Nemanja Matic look like a player United missed.
David Moyes picked Fellaini in this position, it didn’t work. United fans don’t want to see it again.
Picking Antonio Valencia over Diogo Dalot
Diogo Dalot has shown us he is the future of the right-back position in his brief appearances this season.
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Valencia may be the club captain, but he needs to be put out to pasture. He was lucky not to be sent off twice against Valencia and was jeered by the home fans.
He no longer offers anything from an attacking perspective. Valencia will probably have a role with rotation and injuries, but when it comes to big games, Dalot must get the nod.
Picking Phil Jones
It was a joke that Jones started the FA Cup Final, where he ended up costing United the trophy. He should have been sold in the summer.
His own goal was predictable, and costly, and Jones has become a joke where United fans no longer see the funny side.
The only positive from his performance is that there is no way Ed Woodward can deny Jose Mourinho funds to sign a centre-back in January.