Jose Mourinho may not be happy that Manchester United played a barren at Old Trafford against Valencia, but the manager is glad his team is improving on the pitch.

And once again, he expressed his frustration at not signing a midfielder of his choice during the transfer window.

Mourinho was desperate to sign a centre-half in the summer, with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, Leicester star Harry Maguire and Jerome Boateng of Bayern Munich on his wishlist, but his wish did not materialise.

"There were some improvements in our performance. We had probably a couple of the biggest chances to win it but I have accepted the result as a fair result," he said.

"I said in pre-season last season was phenomenal to finish second. And I don't say more than that.

"The players tried. They raised the level of their efforts. They raised the level of their intensity in spite of the fact we don't have many with that intensity.

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"We don't have the technical quality to build from the back.

"We tried to do something we did well which was to stop a fast team on the counter attack. We knew we wouldn't create 20 chances.

"Our attacking players aren't in their best moments of confidence and individual level. We thought with three or four chances we would score and win the game.

"It is a not a bad result. Not a good result, but not bad. We have two matches against Juventus to make points. It is a very difficult group, yes.

"We have Newcastle before the league stops then we have Chelsea and Juventus in three days. It will be good for the team if we can beat Newcastle.

“I think there are things that are difficult for me to say. I think you have enough reasons to criticise me.”

United are now without a win in four games in all competitions following the Valencia stalemate, which comes off the back of their poor 3-1 defeat at West Ham last weekend.

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