Manchester United are back in Champions League action this week as they travel to northern Italy to face an Atalanta side that gave Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a real headache on matchday three.
United were 2-0 down at half-time and eventually rallied with a spectacular 3-2 comeback win. But only days later, the Norwegian’s job was seemingly hanging by a thread after a 5-0 humiliation against Liverpool.
United come into this one off the back of a comfortable win over a pathetic Tottenham side, but this is still just the beginning of Solskjaer proving he deserves to stay in the job. Atalanta, meanwhile, drew 2-2 against Lazio in Serie A on Saturday thanks to a 94th minute equaliser.
This is everything you need to know about the game…
What time is kick off? Tuesday 2 November, 20:00 (GMT)
Where is it being played? Gewiss Stadium
TV channel? BT Sport (UK), Paramount+ (US), DAZN (Canada)
Referee? Slavko Vincic (SVN)
VAR? Bastian Dankert (GER)
Atalanta team news
Atalanta were missing players through injury in the reverse meeting at Old Trafford last month and that situation hasn’t really changed.
There is no Robin Gosens, Hans Hateboer, Matteo Pessina, Berat Djimsiti or Rafael Toloi available for this one.
Solskjaer will have to decide whether to stick to the back-three system he adopted for Saturday’s crucial win over Tottenham or revert to a more conventional flat back four.
Raphael Varane is likely to make only his second Champions League start of the season after returning from injury with an impressive performance at the weekend. Paul Pogba is also eligible after missing out in the Premier League because of a domestic suspension.
Anthony Martial remains a fitness doubt after not making the squad against Tottenham.
Atalanta vs Man Utd predicted lineups
Atalanta: Musso, De Roon, Palomino, Demiral; Zappacosta, Koopmeiners, Freule, Maehle; Pasalic, Ilicic; Zapata
Man Utd: De Gea; Lindelof, Varane, Maguire; Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Fernandes, Fred, Shaw; Ronaldo, Rashford
Last month’s game was the first and only time that Atalanta and Manchester United have ever met.
Atalanta vs Man Utd score prediction
There looked to be a reaction from the United players on Saturday when they dismantled Tottenham in the Premier League.
This will be a tougher test on the road in Europe than they faced against a Spurs side whose manager was sacked little more than 36 hours later. But Atalanta are still not at full strength, while United do have more than enough the quality to win if the performance is there to back it up.
Prediction: Atalanta 1-2 Man Utd
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