Man United vs Atalanta LIVE: Champions League updates

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Manchester United are back in action in the Champions League looking to take a big step towards the last 16 by securing back-to-back wins in Europe.

The Red Devils welcome Atalanta, with the Italians topping Group F on four points, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side tied for third with Young Boys and just one point behind, with Villarreal bottom on one point.

Solskjaer is under intense pressure following the defeat at Leicester to dent United’s title hopes, while Atalanta arrive at Old Trafford in good form having defeated Empoli 4-1, leaving them sixth in Serie A and a point outside the top four. But the Norwegian insists United can remain on course for the round of 16 with another win tonight following late drama through Cristiano Ronaldo’s winner to earn three points against Villarreal.

“As you do every time you lose a game of football you quickly evaluate and look at what went wrong, and of course you’ve got admit that a few things went wrong,” said the United boss. “Then you have to focus on the next game and how to correct what we haven’t been good enough at. The focus has been good. The minds have been on this game, it’s a chance to make up for the bad start we had in the group with the Young Boys defeat. If you go into halfway point in the group with two home wins then you’re on the way.”

Follow live updates from Old Trafford as the Red Devils look to kick-start their Champions League campaign:

Manchester United vs Atalanta

8pm kick-offMan Utd XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; RonaldoAtalanta XI: Musso; Zappacosta, Palomino, Demiral, Maehle; Freuler, De Roon, Pasalic; Ilicic, Koopmeiners; MurielShow latest update

Man Utd 0 – 0 Atalanta

9 mins: Slick play between Ronaldo, Rashford and Fernandes sees the latter given the ball on the inside left and he threads a pass into the box that Rashford chases down. He’s quick and almost gets to it first but Merih Demiral just manages to beat him and knock the ball clear for Atalanta.

Michael Jones20 October 2021 20:10


Man Utd 0 – 0 Atalanta

6 mins: Rashford has made a bright start for the home side. He seems determined to drive his team forward. Harry Maguire heads a clearance strongly up the pitch and the bounce takes the ball behind the Atalantan back line. Rashford sweeps in from the left, takes control of the ball and tries to cut into the box but gets tackled by Marten de Roon.

Michael Jones20 October 2021 20:08


Man Utd 0 – 0 Atalanta

3 mins: Mason Greenwood passes the ball down the right wing and sends Bruno Fernandes chasing after the ball. He comes up against Jose Luis Palomino who shoulders Fernandes off the ball, takes possession and clears his lines.

Scott McTominay receives the ball after Man Utd bring it back under control. He drives through the midfield and slots Rashford in behind the lines. It’s a great run from Rashford who only has the goalkeeper to beat but he sends his effort wide of the left-hand post. The offside goes up against him anyway so it wouldn’t have counted.

Michael Jones20 October 2021 20:05


Man Utd 0 – 0 Atalanta

Kick off: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a smile on his face as his team kick off the match. Victor Lindelof sends a diagonal ball over to Marcus Rashford on the left side and United win a throw in.

Michael Jones20 October 2021 20:01


Here come the teams

Harry Maguire leads Manchester United out onto the Old Trafford pitch. The captain had a poor return from injury against Leicester at the weekend and will be wanting to impress the home crowd this evening.

Michael Jones20 October 2021 19:56


Solskjaer’s pre-match thoughts

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to BT Sport in the build up to kick off and gave his thoughts on why his team have lost four of their last seven games in all competitions saying:

The last few games we’ve looked a little bit open. We’ve been too easy to play through on counter-attacks. Today we’ve picked a team that will give us legs and energy. Our fans will also want to see us on the front foot.

“It’ll be nice for [Marcus Rashford] to play football freely without a niggle on his back or shoulders. The last few months he’s been carrying an injury. You’ll see a smile now, and Marcus enjoying football is a brilliant sight to see.

“The last two or three seasons Atalanta have been scoring close to 100 goals in the Serie A, so we will have to defend really well. Plus we want to to hopefully be on the attack.”

Michael Jones20 October 2021 19:51


Will Ronaldo score again?

Ronaldo has five goals in seven appearances for United since rejoining the club this summer, including two on his second debut in a 4-1 win at home to Newcastle on 11th September.

They were his first Premier League goals since 10 May 2009; that gap of 12 years 124 days is the second longest in Premier League history, after Matt Jackson (13 years 187 days).

He’s also found the back of the net in each of United’s first two Champions League games this season. Can he continue that run tonight?

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Michael Jones20 October 2021 19:48


With problems in Manchester United dressing room and on the pitch, can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer save his job?

In the dressing room after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Everton, one star player was aimlessly raging about “the same mistakes every single game”. In the other dressing room, Rafa Benitez was actually criticising his team over “two points dropped”.

The two scenes point to significant football issues that are only increasing the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The first is that his own squad know something is wrong with the team. It has sapped confidence. The second is that opposition teams realise that. They know United are easy to get at right now, and it’s not hard to figure out where.

Michael Jones20 October 2021 19:45


Ronaldo to the rescue

This is the first meeting between Manchester United and Atalanta.

In their last Champions League fixture Cristiano Ronaldo sent Old Trafford crazy with a 95th minute winning goal that saw United to a 2-1 victory against Villarreal.

It was revenge for the last season’s Europa League final where Villarreal beat the Red Devils on penalties.

For Atalanta they edged out the Young Boys 1-0 in Bergamo in the second round of matches having drawn their first fixture 2-2 at Villarreal.

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Michael Jones20 October 2021 19:41


Atalanta’s European dream

Having never featured in the Champions League before 2019/20, Atalanta are making their third successive appearance in the group stage.

They reached the quarter-finalists on their debut two seasons ago, and lost to Real Madrid in the last 16 during the 2020/21 campaign.

The Italian club were second behind Liverpool in Group D last season, sealing progress with a 1-0 win at Ajax on Matchday 6. That gave them 11 points, two behind Liverpool who had won 5-0 in Bergamo on Matchday 3 – Atalanta’s heaviest European defeat – before Gian Piero Gasperini’s side turned the tables with a famous 2-0 victory at Anfield.

Michael Jones20 October 2021 19:33


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