Gary Neville admits Valencia and Manchester United didn't want to be in the Europa League

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Gary Neville's first game as Valencia manager has come and gone and it ended in disappointment for the Manchester United legend. 

Following a 2-0 defeat on home soil at the hands of Lyon, Valencia were dumped out of the Champions League. Neville and Co. will now embark on a Europe League challenge, where they could come up against the Red Devils. 

United, much like Valencia, were beaten in their final group game, meaning that the two sides could meet each other at some stage this season. 


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Unsurprisingly, after last night's encounter, Neville was asked about the prospect of facing his beloved club. 

The former Sky Sports pundit let out a short but sweet laugh and went on to claim that both Valencia and United wouldn't have wanted to take to the competition. 

Neville stated: "Yes, not what probably either club wanted, certainly not what we wanted here. We wanted to be in the Champions League, but we have huge disappointment tonight. But we move on.

"There was always a chance that we could be in the Europa League even if we won tonight. I think the disappointment for us tonight is not what competition we're in but the fact that we didn't get the result for ourselves."

Neville test 

After last night's defeat, Neville will be well aware that it's not going to be easy to succeed in Spain. Valencia are a huge club, of course, so he will be desperate to help his side climb the table in La Liga. 

Currently sitting in eighth position, Valencia are only five points behind Celta Vigo, who sit in fourth place. Domestic success is crucial, but the former United player will no doubt believe that his side can challenge for Europa League glory. 

United will surely be watching 

It's very early on in Neville's managerial career, but surely the Manchester United hierarchy will be watching him very closely over the coming months. An Old Trafford legend, the club's former right-back seemingly has all the attributes to become a top manager, so it will be interesting to see how he gets on at Valencia. 

With Van Gaal failing to shine in Manchester, it remains to be seen as to whether the club search for his successor this summer. Neville could yet be in the frame. 

United fans: do you expect Neville to become a top manager? Have your say below! 

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