Manchester United vs. Atalanta – Football Match Report – October 20, 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 81st minute as Manchester United came back from two goals to beat Atalanta 3-2 in a thrilling Champions League Group F at Old Trafford on Wednesday.
Mario Pasalic gave Atalanta the lead in the 15th minute, returning Davide Zappacosta’s low ball at close range and United, with just one win in their last five games in all competitions, looked emptied of their convictions.
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It wasn’t a big surprise when the Italian side doubled their lead in the 29th minute with Merih Demiral rising at the near post to peek into a tilted header from a Teun Koopmeiners corner.
Fred and Marcus Rashford missed good opportunities for United before the break, but the home side came back into the game in the 53rd minute.
A smart ball from Bruno Fernandes allowed Rashford to cut from the left and he took his place with a shot in the far corner.
United equalized when Harry Maguire smashed the ball to the far post after Atalanta’s stationary defense failed to intercept a Fernandes ball through the box.
Then came the winner as Luke Shaw whipped into a stunning cross from the left and Ronaldo rose superbly to place a perfect header in front of Musso.
âI was right behind him. His jump, his timing, it was perfect right around the corner,â said Maguire.
“We see him day in and day out in training and in the goals he has scored throughout his career. He has scored us a huge Champions League goal again,” he added.
“We got the goals we needed and deserved and I think we deserved the win in the end. Yeah, we made it tough, but it’s a huge win in the end.”
United lead the group after three games with six points with Atalanta and Villarreal two points behind.
The victory also eases some pressure on United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who had been criticized for the team’s recent poor form.
“The fans are a big part of this club. The singing section has kept the players there with their conviction. That’s what you do at Manchester United on a Champions League night. This corner of the stadium here is the best in the world. There is a bit of a time when you are down as a supporter but you keep going, âSolskjaer said.
“I think we played well in the first half as well. Two chances, two goals. It had to end if we are to survive. We are used to doing that at this club. I think we do. We played well and they scored one goal from nothing and then another set piece. But they never stopped believing it and kept going. “
Of the taunts directed at him and the players in the first half, Solskjaer said: “Don’t disrespect the players. They play for Manchester United and they know they are the luckiest men in the world. . Tonight they are the luckiest men in the world because they can play for Manchester United. That’s what so many millions of boys and girls want to do. “