Man Utd MUN Rashford (53'), Maguire (75'), Ronaldo (81')
3-2 FT
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Atalanta ATA Pašalić (15'), Demiral (29')
UEFA Champions League Gameweek 3
Oct 20, 2021 KO: 19:00

Man Utd - Atalanta

Old Trafford Manchester
Referee: Szymon Marciniak
  15' Pašalić
  29' Demiral
Rashford 53'  
Maguire 75'  
Ronaldo 81'  

Match preview

Rashford to start? How Man Utd could line up against Atalanta

After a disappointing 4-2 defeat to Leicester, Manchester United need a reaction, and their clash with Atalanta is the perfect chance to put things right.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's job has been on the line almost ever since he was handed the role, and after yet another run of poor form, he is being questioned once more.

His Manchester United side were lacklustre against Leicester, and the scoreline reflected that. Their 4-2 defeat leaves them sixth in the Premier League, five points off top spot, and in the Champions League, Solskjaer needs to see a reaction.

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They host top of the table Atalanta in the third group stage game of this season's competition, knowing a win will take them above their opponents.

One positive from the Leicester game was the return of Marcus Rashford. He scored on his first appearance of the season, having returned from injury.

However, now the Englishman is fully fit, Solskjaer has a selection headache on his hands.

Anthony Martial is still out, so the Frenchman isn't an issue, but Man Utd's manager needs to select a forward line capable of working together.

Mason Greenwood, Jadon Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Rashford are competing for three spots, and that's excluding Paul Pogba who started the season so well from the left wing.

So, with that said, how will Solskjaer's side line up?

Man Utd Predicted XI

David de Gea will retain his place in goal after an impressive start to the season for him. Dean Henderson will once again be left on the bench, despite looking likely to take the Spaniard's place at times last season.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is back from his European ban and will slot in straight away at right-back, with Luke Shaw on the opposite flank.

Raphael Varane is still injured, so Victor Lindelof will partner Harry Maguire, who was potentially rushed back too quickly against Leicester.

In front of them, expect Nemanja Matic to make way, and Fred and Scott McTominay to return. That pairing has worked for Solskjaer in the past, and in a time of need, he may well turn to them once more.

With no room for Paul Pogba in central midfield, he'll slot in on the left wing, demoting Jadon Sancho to the bench.

Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood will be the other two attackers feeding Cristiano Ronaldo, who will be leading the line.

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Match statistics

Man Utd
Statistics
Atalanta
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
8
11
Draws
4
5
Losses
8
4
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
37
40
Goals Per Game
1.85
2.00
More > 2.5 Goals
12
12
More > 3 Goals
7
8
Scored First in a Match
12
14
Scored Both Halves
7
8
Won More > 1 Goal
4
4
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
29
25
Did Not Score
3
2
Both Teams Scored
16
13
Kept Clean Sheet
2
6
Won Without Conceding
1
5
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
725
728
Possession
55
56
Passes
531
541
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
15
15
Shots on Target
5.30
5.50
Goals out of Shots
0.15
0.13
Crosses
16
15
Offsides
2.38
1.59
Penalties
0.15
0.20
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.10
0.30
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
15
11
Interceptions
11
12
Own Goals
0.10
0.00
Aerials Won
12
14
Total Shots Conceded
12
10
Shots on Target Conceded
4.70
3.68
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.12
0.12
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
10
13
Yellow Cards
1.70
2.15
Red Cards
0.05
0.15

Injuries

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