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.
The last time they went four games without a home win was in 2015-16 under Louis van Gaal, when they drew 0-0 with PSV, West Ham and Chelsea and lost 2-1 to Norwich City in November and December 2015.
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This a hugely talented but underperforming Manchester United squad, and Mourinho has to take responsibility for the failure of many of his players to perform anywhere close to their potential.
Whether Mourinho will be in charge by then is becoming a bigger question with every game.
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In a recurring theme of United's decline over the past few months, though, there seemed little cohesive attacking plan other than a series of long balls hurled towards Romelu Lukaku.
The second half started in the same fashion as the first, and United had to wait until the 60th minute for a sight at goal when Paul Pogba forced Neto into save with a free-kick from distance.
'They raised the level of their effort, they raised the level of their intensity in spite of not having that many players with that intensity.
Marcus Rashford hit the crossbar with a vicious free kick from a tight angle in the 86th minute but the home side were jeered off the pitch on the final whistle after another lacklustre performance.