Manchester United vs Atalanta LIVE: Champions League result, final score and reaction tonight

Follow live updates from Old Trafford as Cristiano Ronaldo and co. look to bounce back from defeat at Leicester last weekend

Michael Jones
Wednesday 20 October 2021 22:25

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will doubtless Manchester United’s comeback down to the spirit and soul of the club, and it is true to say that this 3-2 win over Atalanta again showed that this team are at the very least playing for their manager. Cristiano Ronaldo offered yet another late match-winning moment, on another raucous European night.

It was just that this victory was as much down to the willingness of a depleted Atalanta side to persevere with their approach to the point that risk became recklessness. Gian Piero Gasperini’s one-on-one approach gave United countless opportunities, that they were eventually going to take up.

Another truth is that, as bad as this game was at half-time, United probably should have won about 8-2 rather than 3-2 by virtue of the chances created. They missed so many.

Or perhaps that should be 8-3, since David De Gea made yet another crucial and brilliant save from Duvan Zapata with the score at 2-2.

It felt so significant in the very moment of the stop, especially since it had such echoes of what happened against Villarreal - right down to what eventually happened. But that is why, even allowing for the fact United are now top of the group and surely en route for the last 16, it feels wrong to talk about this as any kind of turning point.


If Manchester United are less than the sum of their parts, Atalanta are much greater than theirs

As the dust settled on Manchester United’s fourth defeat in seven games, Brendan Rodgers was more than happy to explain how it came about to journalists at the King Power.

Essentially, it all boiled down to pressing: the eagerness of his Leicester City players to win the ball high up the pitch on the one hand and the reluctance of United’s players to do the same on the other.

Atalanta are much greater than sum of their parts, unlike Manchester United

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Michael Jones20 October 2021 19:24

Man Utd vs Italian teams

Manchester United have a good record against Italian teams especially at home. They have won seven of their last nine home matches against Italian clubs with one draw and just one defeat.

However their opponents tonight know how to win in a top English stadium. Atalanta beat Liverpool at Anfield last season, becoming only the second Italian side to do so in the Champions League.

Michael Jones20 October 2021 19:20

A half-century for Bruno

Bruno Fernandes will make his 50th appearance in European competition when his starts for Manchester United tonight. The Portuguese’s record in Europe is 49 games played, 24 goals scored and 20 assists created. Not too shabby.

Michael Jones20 October 2021 19:17

United arrive at Old Trafford

Manchester United have arrived at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made a couple of big changes to his team. He’s dropped Paul Pogba and returned to the Fred/McTominay midfield partnership. Will these changes work out for him tonight?

Michael Jones20 October 2021 19:13

Rashford on Atalanta

More from Marcus Rashford who also spoke about what he’s expecting from tonight’s opponents.

Atalanta come into the game on the back of a 4-1 win over Empoli in Serie A. They’re in good form and have are unbeaten in the Champions League this season.

Rashford said:

They have a very aggressive style in attack and defence. It’s going to be a tough and intense game. I believe this game will bring the best out of our players."

Michael Jones20 October 2021 19:10

Rashford on winning trophies

Marcus Rashford spoke in a press conference yesterday about Manchester United’s desire to win trophies and about how they need to come up with a way to challenge more. He said:

Everyone wants to win trophies, but there are steps you have to take to get there. We have to find the difference between coming close and getting our hands on the trophies."

Michael Jones20 October 2021 19:05

Man Utd’s Champions League campaign

Manchester United are entering a tough run of fixtures that sees them play Atalanta twice in the Champions League and Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester City in the Premier League over the next three weeks.

The results from these games could have a huge bearing on United’s season with the prospect of getting knocked out of the Champions League a real possibility if they lose twice to Atalanta.

Three points this evening may be enough to send them to the top of Group F and ease the pressure on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ahead of a clash with Liverpool this weekend.

Michael Jones20 October 2021 19:01

Manchester United going ‘back to basics’ after Leicester defeat, Marcus Rashford reveals

Marcus Rashford underlined the importance of going “back to basics” after Manchester United players discussed the embarrassing loss at Leicester.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side looked set to escape from the King Power Stadium with a fortuitous point after the forward came off the bench to score on his first appearance since summer shoulder surgery.

But Jamie Vardy and Patson Daka goals in quick succession sealed the Foxes a 4-2 victory that heaped pressure on United at a key period of the campaign.

Manchester United going ‘back to basics’, Marcus Rashford reveals

The England striker scored after coming off the bench at the King Power Stadium but two quick goals sunk the visitors

Michael Jones20 October 2021 18:57

Team changes - Man Utd

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes three changes to the starting XI that lost to Leicester City in the Premier League at the weekend.

Paul Pogba drops to the bench as does his midfield partner for that game Nemanja Matic with Solskjaer electing for a midfield of Scott McTominay and Fred.

Marcus Rashford also makes his first start since recovering from injury. He scored as a substitute against Leicester but tonight he replaces Jadon Sancho in the team.

Michael Jones20 October 2021 18:53

Line-ups - Man Utd vs Atalanta

Here’s the Manchester United starting XI:

Man Utd: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Ronaldo

Atalanta XI: Musso, Maehle, Palomino, Koopmeiners, Muriel, Freuler, De Roon, Demiral, Ilicic, Zappacosta, Pasalic

Michael Jones20 October 2021 18:46

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