Under-fire Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could really do with a victory to kick start his side’s campaign when Serie A side Atalanta make the trip to Old Trafford in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Following the latest defeat at the weekend, a 4-2 home loss to Leicester City, the pressure is starting to mount on Solskjaer with many posing the question of whether he’s taken the Red Devils as far as he can.
Despite adding Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo to their squad in the summer, Manchester United have failed to show any real signs of progress so far this season and perhaps, even more worryingly, appear to be regressing with results failing to live up to expectation.
They won their last outing in the Champions League in dramatic fashion with Cristiano Ronaldo grabbing a stoppage time winner against Villarreal at Old Trafford but, yet again, there were big question marks over the performance.
They still have plenty of work to do, though, in order to progress through to the next round after losing their opening Champions League match to Young Boys.
Manchester United v Atalanta
UEFA Champions League Group Stage
20:00 BT Sport 2 / BT Sport Ultimate
(Maximum 10 matches)
First ever meeting between two sides
Atalanta are always good value for money, but they will be hoping to add a little bit more consistency to their game with their start to the new season being something of a mixed bag.
After securing three successive third-place finishes in Serie A, it was disappointing for Gian Piero Gasperini and his side to lose two of their first seven matches and not exactly look overly convincing in the other fixtures.
They have looked strong in European competition, however, and are the side to be shot at in Group, currently sitting top of the pile on four points from their opening two matches against Villarreal and Young Boys.
Duvan Zapata is a player in the Atalanta front-line that Manchester United will need to keep a very close eye on. The Colombian striker already has four goals to his name in six league starts and managed to bag 19 in all competitions last term.
United’s defence has looked leaky to say the least in recent weeks and it’s hard to see them keeping a clean sheet on current form, but their quality should still shine through. We’re backing Manchester United to win with both teams to score.
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