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Manchester United vs Atalanta LIVE!

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's comeback kings did it again as Cristiano Ronaldo secured Manchester United a thrilling 3-2 victory in a breathless Champions League clash with Atalanta.

There was intense scrutiny on the 1999 treble hero and his players heading into the Group F encounter after Saturday's embarrassing loss at Leicester compounded recent poor performances.

United were staring down the barrel of a fifth loss in eight matches and were booed by some fans as they trudged off at half-time trailing by two goals, only for Solskjaer's side to storm back memorably at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford struck on his first start since the Europa League final and Harry Maguire lashed home a leveller, setting up a box-office finish that Ronaldo delivered with a powerful header from Luke Shaw's cross.

The victory provided a much-needed shot in the arm for United, who moved top of the group and welcome rivals Liverpool to Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

The stirring second-half comeback displayed the best of Solskjaer's side but they have plenty of room for improvement, notably at the back after Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral capitalised on poor defending in the first half.

With kick-off at 8pm BST, follow all the action with Standard Sport...

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Man Utd vs Atalanta highlights

  • Ronaldo: We never give up

  • GOAL! Pasalic fires Atalanta into the lead

  • GOAL! Demiral stuns Old Trafford with the second

  • GOAL! Rashford sparks a United rally

  • GOAL! Maguire with the leveller

  • GOAL! Ronaldo heads United in front

Ronaldo: We never give up

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Cristiano Ronaldo reacts...

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Recap tonight’s massive win for Man United with our match report.

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More from the United boss, this time on Cristiano Ronaldo.

Solskjaer says: “He’s great in front of goal, if anyone wants to criticise him for work-rate and attitude, just watch this game. Watch how he runs around.”

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pushes back over talk of his future.

On the topic, he says on BT Sport: “Don’t disrespect the players, they play for Man United - they’re the luckiest men in the world.”

On the result, the boss adds: “I thought we played well, out of nothing they scored the first goal. Another set-play, a goal.

“We never stopped believing, made a few mistakes, but kept going.”

The comeback kings...

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Harry Maguire talks to BT Sport about his equaliser.

He says: “It’s normally with my head, I’ve had a lot of chances with my head this year and not put one away.

“It’s a proud moment for myself and my family, my first Champions League goal.”

The matchwinner

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Paul Scholes admits the performance would simply not be good enough to face better teams.

He tells BT Sport: “Great half, great comeback - but that first-half was a major worry for me.”

Rio Ferdinand interjects: “These players, if anyone had any doubt, will they run, hustle and fight for Ole? Yes they will.

“They have to use that second-half to show, ‘This is what we’re about, what we’re made of’.”

FULL TIME! Man Utd 3-2 Atalanta

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They’ve done it! Rashford, Maguire and Ronaldo deliver three massive points for the Red Devils!

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90+5 mins: Ronaldo clears the cross, the ball comes back in and Zappacosta trickles an effort wide!

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90+4 mins: Atalanta with a last chance to load the box.

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90+2 mins: Shaw is down after a crunching tackle. United are well up the pitch.

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90+1 mins: We’re into four minutes added on...

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89 mins: Palomino stumbles over the ball by the byline and big cheers greet the awarding of a goal kick.

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88 mins: Fred off for Matic, who is straight into the mix to head clear for another corner.

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87 mins: The Italians come forward and Ronaldo air-kicks when clearing a cross, with the ball ending up out for a corner.

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85 mins: United want more and win a corner. Fernandes goes short to Sancho before Atalanta clear his stabbed cross.

The visitors can’t get out on the counter, though.

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83 mins: What a sight for the Old Trafford fans!

The ball is whipped in from the right and the Portuguese striker rises high to head the ball past Musso.

GOAL! Man Utd 3-2 Atalanta | Ronaldo

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81 mins: Ronaldo with the header on his 300th United match!

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80 mins: Save!

Musso denies Fernandes after the midfielder dithers in the area.

Palomino is then booked after the visitors fail to clear. The pressure won’t go away.

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79 mins: Atalanta aren’t settling for the point. Koopmeiners fires off target after a threatening move.

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76 mins: Staying up after the corner, Maguire is ready at the far-post for a cross that drifts through the defence - and his stinging effort beats Musso.

Can they complete the comeback?

GOAL! Man Utd 2-2 Atalanta | Maguire

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75 mins: He doesn’t miss with that one!

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74 mins: Maguire leaps like a salmon to meet a floated corner - his effort drops straight for Musso to hold onto.

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72 mins: The visitors fail to make the most of the following corners, with Wan-Bissaka making a timely intervention.

Sancho replaces Greenwood.

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71 mins: Double save!

De Gea to the rescue as Zapata breaks free and drives into the goalkeeper, Malinovskyi firing in the rebound for another parry away.

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68 mins: Renewed energy about Atalanta now. Miranchuk and Malinovskyi are on for Ilicic and Pasalic.

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66 mins: Zapata and then Greenwood fluff their lines in an increasingly end-to-end game.

Pogba and Cavani are on for McTominay and Rashford.

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64 mins: Shaw booked for taking down Zappacosta in the United half.

Changes are afoot.

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63 mins: Save!

Musso fantastically denies Ronaldo, diving low to his left to palm away a good chance for the striker.

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61 mins: Atalanta, largely through sub Zapata, are regaining a sense of control. The big Colombian is a great outlet against an eager United backline.

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58 mins: Post!

McTominay wanders forward and hits the woodwork from close-range! Atalanta have over half an hour to survive this onslaught...

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57 mins: Pasalic the next into the book, for a late challenge by the halfway line.

And another! De Roon wipes out Shaw only moments later. This is also in a dangerous spot.

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56 mins: Ronaldo dribbles the free-kick off target.

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55 mins: Lovato is caught napping and takes out Ronaldo as the Portuguese superstar is first to a lobbed ball over the top.

Just a yellow card for the young defender, and Zapata is on for Muriel from the visitors’ bench.

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54 mins: Old Trafford has awoken!

Just like the Wanda Metropolitano last night, we have another fantastic Champions League atmosphere on our hands.

What a ball by Fernandes, with the outside of his boot, to set Rashford free for that simple finish.

GOAL! Man Utd 1-2 Atalanta | Rashford

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52 mins: They’re back in it!

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51 mins: Muriel takes the sting out of United’s advance after being barged to the ground by Lindelof. It looks like the sting firmly stayed with the Colombian after that.

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49 mins: Worth mentioning that the exit of Demiral means Atalanta are without a number of first-choice defenders, with Toloi injured on the weekend. Regular starter Djimsiti and wing-back Gosens are also missing.

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47 mins: Chance!

Ronaldo is through against Musso and denied by the Argentine!

That was straight at the keeper - and Rashford put the follow-up wide.

Kick off! Man Utd 0-2 Atalanta

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46 mins: The second-half is underway.

A change for Atalanta as Demiral, who appeared to pick up an injury early on, is off for Lovato. Perhaps a boost for the hosts?

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The teams are just about to come out. A potentially decisive 45 minutes ahead for both teams...

Demiral was certainly the man of the half

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What does Solskjaer do after that performance?

Pogba, Sancho... Van de Beek off the bench? Even if the attack can be fixed with subs, the defence is still a big problem.

Half-time! Man Utd 0-2 Atalanta

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Boos ring out around Old Trafford...

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45 mins: Chance!

Rashford is the latest put through and he belts his effort over the bar.

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43 mins: Miss!

Fred darts into the area and Old Trafford holds its breath... He beats a man only to curl his shot wide. That needed to go in.

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41 mins: Muriel is allowed to take aim from 20 yards but fires into De Gea’s arms.

Down the other end, Demiral slides in with a stunning last-ditch tackle on Rashford as he enters the area.

The flag is up but VAR may have disagreed...

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40 mins: Current United mood:


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38 mins: Solskjaer’s team talk will have to be good because it feels like United are waiting for the second-half to spark this comeback.

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36 mins: Frustrating for Ronaldo with two attempts to run at Atalanta cancelled out by strong defending, the latter also being offside.

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34 mins: Atalanta boss Gasperini throws his arms in the air as a ball out to Zappacosta just evades his run. He knows a two-goal lead may not be enough, even with United well out of sorts so far.

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31 mins: The latest response from United? Far more muted. Steady possession so far, Atalanta very settled.

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29 mins: Who was marking Demiral there? Shaw is a yard in front, Maguire rushes around to cover too late. Poor.

GOAL! Man Utd 0-2 Atalanta | Demiral

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28 mins: Another cross, another goal! Demiral heads home from a corner.

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27 mins: Atalanta finally get out of their half and give the ball away.

Fernandes races clear with options - but can’t pick out Rashford.

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25 mins: More space for Wan-Bissaka and Ronaldo comes deep to pick the ball up, heading direct for goal and firing low into Musso. Atalanta hoping to ride out this semi-storm.

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22 mins: A pretty decent response from the hosts, Wan-Bissaka pelting the ball at Palomino to draw up some mild calls for a handball. Not much in it.

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21 mins: Save!

United venture down the right and chip a ball up to Fred, who stings the palms of Musso to win a corner.

Perhaps the wrong man in the right place there, and the set-piece comes to nothing.

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20 mins: Elsewhere in Group F, Villarreal have an early two-goal lead away to Young Boys.

That puts the Spaniards into second, behind Atalanta in the live table. And United bottom.

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17 mins: Old Trafford is hushed as United think of a way to respond to that goal.

The counter-attack setup had suited the hosts in attack yet their defending was basically absent for that goal.

A ball down the right, an overlap, a cross, and a shot. Simple as that.

GOAL! Man United 0-1 Atalanta | Pasalic

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15 mins: A simple ball across the box and Pasalic is the first to it!

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13 mins: It may be a 4-2-3-1 for United, strictly speaking, but it feels more like a 4-4-2 so far. Rashford is very central whenever the ball gets won back and Greenwood has barely been involved in any attacks.

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10 mins: The visitors are well in this with Ilicic pulling the strings in the centre of the park.

But United have that out ball and Ronaldo is the target this time to win a corner down the left, after a battle with Demiral.

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8 mins: Atalanta keeper Musso comes out to head the ball away with Ronaldo advancing, yet only picks out Rashford!

The striker throws a leg at the high ball just as he is closed down and a spectacular opener doesn’t come to fruition.

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5 mins: Space in behind for Rashford is the early go-to route to goal for United, the striker again drawing a roar from the home crowd as he chases a ball through, before being edged away.

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4 mins: Both teams appear happy to work the ball around the middle third before plundering in towards goal.

Atalanta reply with their first moments as Muriel and Zappacosta both attempt to wriggle through, but meet staunch opposition.

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2 mins: Chance!

Rashford is set through by McTominay and rolls his one-on-one effort wide. The flag was up, though.

Kick-off! Man United 0-0 Atalanta

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Szymon Marciniak blows his whistle and we’re off at a noisy Old Trafford.

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Here come the teams!

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has called on United to ‘kick on again’ ahead of a run of games featuring Liverpool and Tottenham after tonight.

In his programme notes, he writes: "We’re entering a really demanding section of the fixture list... after making some great progress over the last two-and-a-half seasons, we’re now at a point in our collective development where we need to kick on again."

We get underway in five minutes...

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More to come from this man tonight? It’s his favourite competition, after all.


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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has give the reasons behind his starting XI, with Fred and Rashford given the nod.

The boss tells BT Sport: “We’ve looked a little bit open, we’ve been too easy to play through on counter-attacks and today we’ve picked a team that will give us legs, energy, and our fans want to see a team on the front foot.

“[Rashford]’s been working so hard, it’s nice for him now to play football freely, he’s played through a period with a bit of pain and discomfort. Now he feels 100 per cent fit and you can see a smile there.”

Wednesday 20 October 2021 19:38 , Marc Mayo

Elsewhere in the Champions League tonight: Barcelona have notched their first points with a 1-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv at the Camp Nou, with Salzburg downing Wolfsburg 3-1 in the other early kick-off.

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Thirty minutes until kick-off...

Can United make it seven wins in eight at home against Italian sides in the Champions League?

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Marten de Roon believes Atalanta have grown as a club during their recent European expeditions.

Ahead of the game, he told reporters: “These matches you play in Europe make you grow a lot, you play against teams that are used to winning and attacking.

“You play against teams that play football from which you can learn a lot. A team like ours, where few had played the Champions League, has grown a lot.”

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(AFP via Getty Images)

Wednesday 20 October 2021 19:10 , Marc Mayo

One change for the Italians as De Roon drops into defence and Toloi is replaced by Freuler in the XI.

Taken off after 39 minutes of the 4-1 win over Empoli on the weekend, Toloi misses out through injury.

How the visitors will line up...

Wednesday 20 October 2021 19:04 , Marc Mayo

Atalanta XI: Musso; De Roon, Demiral, Palomino; Zappacosta, Koopmeiners, Palasic, Freuler, Maehle; Ilicic, Muriel.

Subs: Rossi, Sportiello, Pezzella, Malinovskyi, Scalvini, Miranchuk, Lovato, Zapata, Piccoli

Wednesday 20 October 2021 18:52 , Marc Mayo

No Pogba in the line-up but Rashford is fit to start after scoring against Leicester on the weekend.

It’s a strong XI from the hosts, with Ronaldo leading the line for his 300th club appearance.

The team news is here...

Wednesday 20 October 2021 18:46 , Marc Mayo

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

Subs: Henderson, Telles, Bailly, Dalot, Lingard, Mata, Matic, Pogba, Van de Beek, Cavani, Elanga, Sancho.

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Atalanta chief Roberto Spagnolo is very excited ahead of tonight’s match, posting a clip of Old Trafford onto his Instagram yesterday.

He captioned the clip: “11 years ago we played in Portogruaro.”

Not that there's anything wrong with the Venetian town and its fifth-tier football team, mind.

Wednesday 20 October 2021 18:18 , Marc Mayo

Former Manchester United man Kleberson has told the club to stick with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - but adds that the manager must do more to accommodate Cristiano Ronaldo.

He tells Paddy Power: “Solskjær has to find a way for this team to play with Ronaldo in the side.

“Ronaldo is like Lionel Messi during his time at Barcelona, and now PSG. He needs support from the players behind him, so that he has the freedom to create chances and improve the team. Players need to understand this and create better options for him.

“When I was with Brazil’s national team, I had players like Ronaldo, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho in front of me. My job was to protect those guys, win the ball and find them in a good position with freedom to attack the goal and Solskjær must make that happen for United.

“Cristiano has just got back to the club, and Ole must find a way to build around him.”

Wednesday 20 October 2021 17:59 , Marc Mayo

Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini is determined not to underestimate Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United despite recent ‘missteps’.

He said: “Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t have to introduce himself, he’s an extraordinary player, he has great skill. Numbers speak for themselves, he continues to score.

“Lately Manchester United have made a few missteps in the league. The team’s value is very high, you can see it even in the games they’ve lost. We know the difficulty of the game.”


Evening Standard score prediction

Wednesday 20 October 2021 17:55 , Marc Mayo

Given the attacking make-up of both sides, it’s hard not to see both teams scoring.

A 2-2 draw.

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Man United predicted XI: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Telles; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba; Ronaldo.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka is available for European selection again following an appeal to UEFA which led to his three-game suspension being reduced to two.

South American pair Fred and Edinson Cavani, meanwhile, could also feature after having missed the recent loss to Leicester following their involvements for Brazil and Uruguay respectively over the international break.

Harry Maguire may be in line for a rest having been rushed back for Saturday’s loss, potentially pairing Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof together.

How to watch

Wednesday 20 October 2021 17:21 , Marc Mayo

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

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

Good evening!

Wednesday 20 October 2021 17:17 , Marc Mayo

Hello and welcome to another big night of Champions League action!

Liverpool and Manchester City did not disappoint last night and now it’s the turn of Manchester United to deliver in the entertainment stakes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will almost certainly be very happy with a boring win, however.

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