Date: October 21, 2021
Time: 12:30 AM (IST)
Venue: Old Trafford
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Manchester United will welcome Atalanta in a group stage Champions League match on Wednesday night. While the Red Devils are number 3 in Group F with three points after two matches, Atalanta are the table-toppers till now with 4 points from 3 matches. In their previous game in the tournament, United had handed a defeat to Villarreal but it is the opening matchday loss to Young Boys which may come back to haunt them if they do not cross the line over Atalanta in this game. Atalanta, meanwhile, drew their opening match against Villarreal before winning over Young Boys.
The only major injury concern for United is the French centre-back Raphael Varane. Other than that, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is likely to have his full contingent ready for the game.
For Atalanta, the list is a bit long with Robin Gosens, Matteo Pessina, Hans Hateboer and Berat Djimsiti all unavailable due to injuries.
Despite the potential and the stature of Manchester United, it has to be admitted that it hasn't been an ideal start to the season for the Red Devils. In fact, it is quickly turning out to be now or never for them. However, if they manage to turn it around in Champions League from here, it will give them huge confidence in the other tournaments this season. While they have a better squad when compared to last season, their consistency has gone for a toss which is something they would like to build on by stitching a few wins together.
In contrast, Atalanta with the likes of Duvan Zapata, Ruslan Malinovksyi have been in great form and are somewhat punching above their weight which makes them a dangerous team for a low in confidence United. However, with that man Cristiano Ronaldo in the ranks and several of the great players in that line up, expect this to be a great game of football.
Probable Starting XI
David de Gea, Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Cristiano Ronaldo
Juan Musso, Matteo Lovato, Merih Demiral, Jose Luis Palomino, Davide Zappacosta, Remo Freuler, Teun Koopmeiners, Joakim Maehle, Mario Pasalic, Duvan Zapata, Ruslan Malinovksyi
Keepers: David de Gea, Juan Musso
Defenders: Davide Zappacosta, Victor Lindelof, Diogo Dalot, Harry Maguire
Midfielders: Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Merih Demiral, Mario Pasalic,
Strikers: Cristiano Ronaldo, Duvan Zapata, Ruslan Malinovksyi, Mason Greenwood
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