Manchester United got a champions league boost after winning 3-2 against Atlanta to relieve the pressure off manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The win was a major boost for Manchester United’s UCL campaign and the first game in Aaron Wan Bissaka’s comeback to the competition after the Red Devils succeeded to have his two-match suspension lifted by UEFA. Wan Bissaka was previously banned for a clumsy attack during their debut match against Young Boys in September.
Following Wan Bissaka’s return, Manchester got a boost in their quest for consecutive wins in the UCL after beating Atlanta 3-2. The team came from two goals down by half-time, producing an incredible second-half comeback in a dramatic Champions League game at Old Trafford. Manchester will travel to Atleti Azzurri d’Italia on Tuesday to face Atlanta again and betting odds are already available on VWin. Vwin is an Asian sports betting site that gives punters odds on major leagues like the Champions League, EPL, NBA, and others.
During Manchester’s match against Atalanta, Cristiano’s late header secured the win for the Red Devils after second-half goals from Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire equalized the game. The win relieved pressure from manager Solskjaer, who was firmly in the spotlight after last weekend’s 4-2 defeat at Leicester. The pressure also seemed to be building up for the Norwegian during the first half at Old Trafford, as goals from Merih Demiral and Mario Pasalic gave Atlanta a 2-0 lead by halftime.
Home fans greeted the half-time whistle with boos, but what manager Solskjaer told him during the break seems to have worked wonders. The victory sees Manchester, who was once at the bottom of Group F, rise to the top with three games remaining.
How Manchester’s Dramatic Comeback Stunned Atalanta
The Red Devils started the game with intent, with Scott McTominay driving forward to play in Rashford. However, the England International pulled his shot too wide off the target. Unfortunately, Atalanta wasn’t overawed despite United’s positive start, opening the scoring in the 15th minute.
A quick free-kick caught United off guard, with smart play from Luis Muriel allowing Davide Zappacosta to pass to Pasalic who scored from close range. There was a VAR check for offside after the goal, but the goal was eventually declared authentic.
For Manchester United, things went from bad to worse, as the visitors doubled their advantage in the 28th minute. The goal came from Demiral Rose, who headed the ball sent by Teun Koopmeiners from the right corner. Demiral rose above Maguire and Luke, heading the ball into the right corner past David de Gea.
Frustrations started building up for the hosts, who wasted a range of glorious chances to reduce the advantage before half-time. Fortunately, Bruno Fernandes played Fred, who managed to keep his composure and get past one challenge. However, he bent his stride too far from the post at close range. That was the last chance for United before the break and the halftime whistle was greeted by boos from their fans.
The big team talk from Solskjaer during the break helped to return his side strongly from the break and they quickly recorded their first goal in the 53rd minute. Rashford received Fernandes’ first-time pass and slotted a right-foot shot from a tight angle. That helped to return the momentum to the home team and Scott McTominay hit the post as Manchester continued pushing forward.
Atalanta remained a threat for United in the second half, with De Gea forced to save twice to deny Ruslan Malinovskyi and Duvan Zapata. However, Manchester equalized in the 75th minute after Fernandes’ cross was flicked by Cavani and Maguire got the ball, sweeping a fine finish.
Ronaldo’s big moment towards the stoppage time, secured the win for Manchester, closing the game at 3-2. Shaw whipped a perfect left-foot cross high to the leaping Ronaldo, who powered a header past Musso to spark wild celebrations at Old Trafford.
Defensive Concerns For Manchester United
Despite the win, Manchester conceded two goals during the match once again. It was a great boost for the team in their Champions League campaign, with Paul Pogba having a huge impact on the game. Jadon Sancho was also decent when he went in as well.
Manchester United has enough quality players on their forward line to punish the team, which we have seen with Ronaldo being their savior several times. However, there’s still a big question about their defense and you can expect them to be severely punished against premier league giants.
The Red Devils have conceded a goal in all their last 12 home matches in all competitions, marking their longest run at Old Trafford without a clean sheet since 1964. Atalanta was also the second earliest team to get a 2-0 lead at Old Trafford in a Champions League game.
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