Manchester United suffered a 2-1 loss to Valencia during their final Champions League group game. Given that Juventus lost their fixture to Young Boys as well, it is awful that the Red Devils weren’t able to capitalize on a chance to top the group.
The fixture was yet another unremarkable one from United. This will shock many, since they had put in what was arguably their season’s finest showing when they defeated Fulham 4-1 in the Premier League.
However, in addition to being disappointed with their team, fans were also outraged at one Manchester United player for his antics after the full-time whistle.
Antonio Valencia had an awful game, and was lucky to have not been shown the red card during the first half. The entirety of his showing seemed heavily lacking in coherence, and it was one of the worst shifts the club captain has put in this season.
However, it didn’t end there, with Samuel Luckhurst tweeting: “Nice bit of sportsmanship. Rashford went over to applaud the Valencia fans who’d shown their appreciation for his efforts. Valencia fans chanting Juan Mata’s name. Antonio Valencia tried to make a quick getaway before told to applaud #mufc fans.”
Most supporters were distraught at this action from the Ecuadorian. Of course, one can make the argument that it was a mere lapse of judgment at the end of a frustrating defeat, and as of such, shouldn’t be taken as a mark of disrespect towards the traveling fans.
Alas, his act couldn’t have come under more trying circumstances for the club, and the fact that he had just notched in a bad game didn’t help matters either.
Much has been made of the European defeat, but if United put in a strong showing against Liverpool during their weekend encounter, it goes without saying that this loss will be well and truly forgotten.