"The players, they tried, they raised the level of their effort, they raised the level of their intensity".
United take on Valencia today, with the manager wanting to take a positive result away from the match.
They face Valencia and Newcastle at Old Trafford before the global break, which is followed by a trip to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea.
Paul Pogba stung the palms of goalkeeper Neto with a free-kick as United at last began to increase the pressure in the second half, but a scarcity of any sort of link-up between the front three meant the Brazilian was largely untested. In the second half there was more [desire] and the team tried even more.
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United remain on track for the last 16, but this was a long way from a performance to worry Juventus ahead of their visit after the worldwide break.
The last time they went four games without a home win was in 2015-16 under Louis van Gaal, when they drew 0-0 with PSV, West Ham and Chelsea and lost 2-1 to Norwich City in November and December 2015.
Valencia's defence was never unduly stretched by United's forwards, but their task was helped by the towering presence of Geoffrey Kondogbia in midfield.
Jose Mourinho says his Manchester United team are lacking "special qualities" but can not fault their commitment. We have Newcastle before the league stops [for the global break] and after that we have Chelsea and Juventus in three days.
A point does at least consolidate United's position three points ahead of Valencia in second place, with Swiss champions Young Boys looking like the whipping boys of the group after a second 3-0 defeat in two games, this time against Juventus earlier on Tuesday.