Manchester United failed to snatch top spot in their Champions League group as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat to Valencia on Wednesday.
They were already assured of qualification for the knockout stages, but a win would have taken them above Juventus, who were surprisingly beaten 2-1 by Young Boys of Switzerland.
Valencia went ahead with the first shot on target of the match, Soler drilling clinically into the bottom-left corner of Sergio Romero’s goal after Jones had headed a cross straight to him.
United’s first opening fell to Juan Mata in the 27th minute but he saw a shot deflected behind.
Paul Pogba produced a glaring miss from close range after Marouane Fellaini headed goalwards, but his blushes were spared by the offside flag, which went up incorrectly.
With no shots on target before the break, United would have hoped for a strong start to the second half, but they were 2-0 down 47 minutes in after Jones diverted a through ball past goalkeeper Sergio Romero from the edge of his own box.
Substitute Rashford finally tested Valencia goalkeeper Jaume Domenech 72 minutes in, and Andreas Pereira was unlucky to see a stinging effort clawed away by his former team-mate, as United at last put the home side under pressure.
Rashford met Ashley Young’s cross with a firm header with three minutes of normal time left, but Juan Mata failed to connect with a clever Pogba chip as the chance to rescue a draw came and went.
The result means little to Valencia, who were already assured of a Europa League place, but the ease with which they claimed only a second competitive win over United will give them heart in a difficult season.
Next Manchester United travel to Liverpool on Sunday, then they go to Cardiff on December 22.
The draw for the last 16 of the Champions League takes place on December 17.