Man United VS Atlanta Final – LIVE Reddit Soccer 03/11/2021
Victor Lindelof will miss Manchester United’s Champions League match against Atalanta through injury. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer named a 25-man squad for the trip to Italy, where the Sweden centre-back will not be involved having picked up a knock in training on Monday. Paul Pogba, who is serving a domestic ban, is included in the group, so too compatriot Anthony Martial. Former Atalanta winger Amad Diallo is involved after injury.
Atalanta have only won one of their five games against English teams in the UEFA Champions League (D1 L3), with that victory coming away at Liverpool last season. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side were beaten 3-2 by Manchester United last time out, despite taking a 2-0 lead in the game.Manchester United have only lost one of their last 11 games against Italian opponents in the UEFA Champions League (W8 D2), while they’ve picked up victories in five of the last six (L1).
This will be the fourth time Atalanta have hosted an English opponent in European competition (currently W1 D1 L1). Manchester United will be their fourth different opponent in this run, having previously hosted Everton, Manchester City and Liverpool – all since the 2017-18 season.Manchester United are looking to record their 150th victory in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League, which would make them the first English side to reach this milestone, and fourth overall after Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.Atalanta have only lost two of their last eight home games in the UEFA Champions League (W3 D3), while they won 1-0 against Young Boys on MD2 this season.
The Italian side have only won consecutive home games once previously in the competition, beating Dinamo Zagreb and Valencia in 2019-20.Manchester United have lost their last three away games in the UEFA Champions League, including a defeat to Young Boys on MD1 this term. They have never previously lost four consecutive away games in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League.
Manchester United fought from two goals behind to beat Atalanta at Old Trafford when they last met in the Champions League, and they’ll go head to head again this midweek in Bergamo in one of the most interesting Matchday 4 fixtures of this year’s group stage.
Gian Piero Gasperini‘s Nerazzurri will be hoping to get their revenge against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s Premier League outfit, but they are yet to get up to full speed in Serie A this season. Notoriously slow starters under Gasperini, Atalanta are having a typically mixed season so far, but will be hoping to claim three points against Manchester United to put themselves in a strong position in Champions League Group F.
Manchester United, meanwhile, bounced back from a 5-0 humiliation against Liverpool to beat Tottenham 3-0 over the weekend and will be keen to build on that momentum and to strengthen their grip on top spot in Group F.
The United boss did not identify the players but did not appear too concerned about their chances. Paul Pogba, who is currently serving a domestic ban for his red card against Liverpool, is likely to feature. “We were looking all right in the training session this morning. Everyone was on there,” said Solskjaer. “There were a couple of little twinges in the session but I don’t think they will be major.”
Atalanta head coach Gian Piero Gasperini has backed Solskjaer to emerge from his recent difficulties and take Manchester United back to the top. Cristiano Ronaldo secured a memorable 3-2 comeback victory when the sides met for the first time a fortnight ago in Group F.
“I can only talk about what I’ve seen in terms of the way they play and the results they’ve got,” said the Atalanta head coach, whose side are two points behind leaders United in Group F. “I think they had an incredible run towards the back end of last season. They finished as runners-up and then they lost the Europa League final, but he certainly did a top-class job. “This year I think he’s still trying to find consistency with a team that has a great deal of potential and they’ve shown that from time to time.
“But I really believe that he will find the right fit and he will be able to take Manchester United back to the top, and that includes in the Premier League.” Rafael Toloi, Berat Djimsiti, Matteo Pessina and Robin Gosens remain unavailable for Gasperini. The Atalanta coach is expecting a different game from that at Old Trafford, which saw the Atalanta take a 2-0 lead before United surged back to win in the second half.
“Tomorrow [Tuesday] night’s game will be a completely different match to the reverse fixture,” he added. “We did show a great deal of character at Old Trafford. There were more than 70,000 in that night. “We need to make sure that we are willing and ready to take on Manchester United based on whether they set up as they did in their last game against Tottenham or whether they will set up as they did in the reverse fixture.”