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Unai Emery refused to criticise his Valencia players after they suffered a narrow home defeat to Manchester United in the Champions League.

Valencia coach Unai Emery lamented his side's failure to score against Manchester United in their narrow UEFA Champions League defeat at the Mestalla but said afterwards that he was pleased with everything he saw bar the result.

Javier Hernandez came off the bench to net the only goal of the game five minutes from time to dash los Che's hopes but overall Emery was pleased with his sides efforts.

"The team was compact and takes another step in maturity and confidence. This match allows us to look optimistically at the future and we must continue to believe in the path we are on," he told a press conference before remarking that he is optimistic about his team progressing to the knockout stages of the competition.

"I am
satisfied with the work of the players and the support of the fans. We played to win the match and over 90 minutes we have been close and deserved to win. We created chances but did not score, but the important thing is to create them.

"Congratulations [to United] but we are satisfied with everything except the result. The team played well, there is nothing to criticise because we played to win and we must always have that mentality.

"The four remaining games are key, but the immediate rival is Glasgow Rangers, they will be two nice games. We can look ahead with optimism."

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