Instead, his side again looked devoid of ideas and invention to draw a blank and fall two points behind Group H leaders Juventus with two games against the Italian champions to come.
"Uefa were nice, the referee was nice to allow us to start the game five minutes later because we at least needed half hour to be prepared but it was not a problem with the club organisation".
Jose Mourinho has recalled Alexis Sanchez to the starting eleven after the Chilean worldwide was axed for the defeat at West Ham on Saturday.
After finishing second in the Premier League last season, United are now 10th in the table after seven games, already nine points off league leaders Manchester City.
Valencia attempted to replicate their countrymen's heroics at Old Trafford, where the home faithful began chants of "attack, attack, attack" early in the second half and would then cheer the substitution of Alexis Sanchez.
United take on Valencia today, with the manager wanting to take a positive result away from the match.
After the game, United's players were criticised for a lack of effort and attitude.