Atalanta 2-2 Man United LIVE! Ronaldo goal - Champions League result, match stream and latest updates today

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Atalanta 2-2 Man United LIVE! Ronaldo goal - Champions League result, match stream and latest updates today
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Atalanta vs Man United - LIVE!

Cristiano Ronaldo once again got Manchester United out of jail in the Champions League as the veteran’s stoppage-time strike secured a scarcely deserved point at Atalanta.

Having wrapped up comeback wins against Villarreal and the Italians at Old Trafford, the 36-year-old rose to the occasion in Bergamo as he saved under-fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side from defeat.

Ronaldo had already levelled once at the Gewiss Stadium, where Josip Ilicic’s strike went underneath David De Gea at the start of a first half that ended with the forward firing home from Bruno Fernandes’ exceptional backheel.

Duvan Zapata looked to have sealed Atalanta victory when his strike was awarded after an interminable VAR review, but United’s star scored at the death to seal a 2-2 draw.

The late goal saved the blushes of his team-mates after a poor, error-ridden display - hardly the response Solskjaer wanted to the 3-0 win at Tottenham, especially with Manchester City coming to Old Trafford.

But, like so many times before, United found a way to fight back and stay top of Group F heading into the final two fixtures.

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Key Points

  • GOAL! Ronaldo rescues late point

  • GOAL! Zapata restores lead after VAR check

  • GOAL! Ronaldo equalises before break

  • GOAL! Ilicic profits from De Gea error

  • How to watch: BT Sport

  • Atalanta team news

  • Man United team news

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Paul Scholes, also speaking on BT, has echoed his former teammate’s thoughts...

“With a performance like that second half, and no Varane on Saturday, it has to be a worry.

“City will think they have a good chance of winning, and with no Varane it makes it more difficult for United. Concentration is key, but United do always create chances.”

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Rio Ferdinand has been speaking on BT Sport’s coverage and, much like Paul Scholes ahead of last month’s Liverpool clash, has warned United they cannot afford to repeat this performance against Manchester City this weekend.

“They go out with that second half performance against City they get slapped again, three or four or five goals.”

The latest Ronaldo late late show

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FT: Atalanta 2-2 Man United

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Another one of those nights.

GOAL! Atalanta 2-2 Man United | Cristiano Ronaldo 90+2'

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How does he do it?!

It’s a brilliant low strike on the volley from Ronaldo, off Greenwood’s cushion, and he has got United out of jail yet again!

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90+1 mins: We’re playing five minutes of added time...

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87 mins: Bizarre from Solskjaer, absolutely bizarre. Fernandes has been United’s best player but he’s dragged as Sancho enters the mix. Van de Beek is also on, in place of McTominay.

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84 mins: That would’ve been curtains. Nothing on for Zapata so he just lets fly from long range and De Gea reacts late, scrambling across in the end to parry it behind for a corner.

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79 mins: It honestly could’ve been four or five if it hadn’t been for Bailly tonight. Zapata is in the middle waiting to nod in a clincher but Bailly acrobatically sticks out a leg to intercept.

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75 mins: That sums it up, really. Wan-Bisaaka gets himself forward and into a decent shooting position but his effort is blocked by Greenwood.

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68 mins: Here come the United changes. McTominay is toeing a fine line on a yellow card but it’s Pogba who is dragged as Matic enters the fray. Cavani is also on, replacing Rashford.

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65 mins: We’ve just seen a replay of the VAR decision and I’m not sure why it took so long, to be honest. You can see why the linesman got it wrong because a split-second after the ball was played Maguire’s step made him appear off, but as soon as you freeze the picture at the right moment it’s clear he was half-a-yard onside.

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63 mins: You can see the urgency in United’s play immediately. Sancho and Cavani are among those who were warming up even before that goal went in.

GOAL! Atalanta 2-1 Man United | Duvan Zapata 56’

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He is onside!

Harry Maguire stepped up and had his arm confidently raised but he stepped too late. After a long, long VAR check, the goal is given.

GOAL DISALLOWED!

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Zapata breaks in from the left channel and manages to get to the ball ahead of Maguire’s lunge and lift past De Gea but the flag is belatedly raised.

I’m not sure he’s off here...

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52 mins: Eric Bailly’s been superb so far, which bodes well given United could be without Varane and Lindelof at the weekend.

He’s alert at the near post as Zappacosta whips low into the middle and clears the danger.

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49 mins: Ooph, and now United are almost away at the other end as Ronaldo and Ferandes combine but the latter’s shot on the turn is well blocked by Palomino.

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48 mins: A bit more concern for United at the start of this half with Bailly hobbling around after trying to get back to tackle an offside Zapata but he looks okay.

KICK-OFF!

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We are back up and running...

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It’s a very familiar pattern for United at the moment, in Europe at least - play pretty poorly, Ronaldo goal to bail them out. Only this week it’s already happened by half-time.

What’s to come?

Some goal, this.

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HT: Atalanta 1-1 Man United

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All-square at the interval.

GOAL! Atalanta 1-1 Man United | Cristiano Ronaldo 45+1’

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Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

This move is so out of kilter with everything else we’ve seen from United and they shift through the gears with some sharp, one-touch stuff and it ends with Bruno Fernandes backheeling into the path of Ronaldo, who does the rest.

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43 mins: United really haven’t looked like creating anything in the last 20 minutes or so. Yet another big half-time talk coming up for Solskjaer.

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38 mins: Mason Greenwood is going to be the man to replace Varane. With no Lindelof tonight there’s not an obvious like-for-like replacement on the bench so they’ll switch to a back-four.

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36 mins: Bad to worse for United. Raphael Varane has sat down with no one near him and signals to the bench.

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35 mins: Bailly to the rescue again, albeit in less dramatic fashion this time. Pogba tries to feed Rashford be De Roon nips in to launch the counter.

Eventually, it’s worked to Zapata, who has a go from the corner of the box but finds the United centre-half in the way.

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31 mins: Oh my word.

What a block this is from Eric Bailly, but what on earth if Paul Pogba doing?

The Frenchman tries to be far too clever on the edge of his own box and ends up seeing his belated attempt to clear charged down and the ball ricochet to Zapata, who is in on goal. The ball is bouncing though and by the time he waits for it to drop Bailly manages to fling himself in the way.

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30 mins: Good tracking from McTominay this time as Ilicic makes a beeline for a similar pocket of space to that from which he scored but the Scot spots the danger and nips in first.

Here’s the goal that separates the teams...

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25 mins: United’s shape looks decent out of possession, which is why it was so strange that Ilicic found as much space as he did in what should’ve been a very crowded area of the pitch.

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20 mins: Half-a-chance for Ronaldo, this.

Fernandes plays a lovely disguised pass to find Pogba in space inside the box and he fires into Ronaldo but it comes at him quickly at head height and he can’t adjust in time to get the direction right.

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17 mins: Decent response from United.

Ronaldo gets down the right and hangs one up for the arriving Shaw at the back post and his volley down into the ground has Musso scrambling for a moment before it bounces up and over the bar.

GOAL! Atalanta 1-0 Man United | Josep Ilicic 12’

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Oh, David de Gea, what’ve you done?!

The ball is cut back to Ilicic on the edge of the box and his effort is a fairly tame one, pretty central, too, but De Gea must see it late through the legs of Shaw and he can’t keep it out!

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7 mins: Cristiano Ronaldo looks like he fancies this. The Portuguese has already had a speculative dipping effort from long range and now is a whirr of (fairly pointless) stepovers before laying the ball off with an overly dramatic no-look pass.

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5 mins: Off the post!

Almost a jammy opener for United as Pogba fakes to shoot and instead feeds McTominay, whose snap effort is deflected and with the ‘keeper already committed to one side it trickles agonisingly slowly towards the vacant half of the goal, only to come back off the post.

KICK-OFF!

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We are underway...

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Right then, the teams are on their way out in Italy. Almost showtime...

Here’s what happened in the reverse at Old Trafford...

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his men arriving a little earlier on...

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So, as expected, Paul Pogba comes back into the side after his European suspension and partners Scott McTominay in midfield as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sticks with the back-three he employed at Tottenham.

However, with Victor Lindelof out, Eric Bailly comes into the back three, while Marcus Rashford partners Cristiano Ronaldo up top.

Atalanta team news

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Atalanta XI: Musso, de Roon, Demiral, Palomino, Zappacosta, Freuler, Koopmeiners, Maehle, Ilicic, Pasalic, Zapata.

Subs: Muriel, Pezzella, Malinovsky, Djimsiti, Scalvini, Sportiello, Miranchuk, Lovato, Piccoli, Rossi.

Head-to-head results

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United’s 3-2 win over Atalanta at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture was their only meeting in competitive football.

Man United team news

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Man United XI: De Gea, Bailly, Maguire, Varane, Shaw, McTominay, Pogba, Wan-Bissaka, Fernandes, Rashford, Ronaldo

Subs: Henderson, Telles, Dalot, Fred, Lingard, Mata, Matic, Van de Beek, Cavani, Greenwood, Martial, Sancho

Standard Sport prediction

18:39 , Malik Ouzia

The win over Tottenham has boosted the Red Devils’ confidence but Atalanta are a far more resilient side who truly scared Solskjaer and Co at Old Trafford.

Still, United should have enough to win but goals may not be hard to come by.

United win, 2-1.

Atalanta team news

18:27 , Malik Ouzia

Rafael Toloi is once again missing from the Atalanta defence but forward Luis Muriel could start after being named on the bench for Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Lazio.

Man United team news

18:16 , Malik Ouzia

Paul Pogba could return for the visitors after sitting out the win at Tottenham due to a Premier League suspension. Anthony Martial may also make the squad following a knock but Amad Diallo is likely to be unavailable.

Solskjaer will have to decide whether to stick with his 3-5-2 formation switch after the return of Raphael Varane, which saw Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani start up top. However, Victor Lindelof has a knock and could miss out.

How to watch

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TV channel: The match will be televised on BT Sport 2.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.

Good evening!

17:52 , Malik Ouzia

Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of Manchester United’s Champions League trip to Atalanta.

We’ll have all the team news and build-up ahead of an 8pm kick-off...

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