Match Preview: Atalanta BC vs. Manchester United

Manchester United will be aiming to make it three straight victories in the Champions League when they head to the Gewiss Stadium on Tuesday evening to take on Italian outfit Atalanta BC.

Manchester United have only lost one of their last 11 games against Italian opponents in the UEFA Champions League (W8 D2), while they’ve picked up victories in five of the last six (L1).

Manchester United are looking to record their 150th victory in the European Cup/UEFA Champions League, which would make them the first English side to reach this milestone, and fourth overall after Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

Atalanta have only won one of their five games against English teams in the UEFA Champions League (D1 L3), with that victory coming away at Liverpool last season. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side were beaten 3-2 by Manchester United last time out, despite taking a 2-0 lead in the game.

Atalanta have only won one of their five games against English teams in the UEFA Champions League (D1 L3), with that victory coming away at Liverpool last season. Gian Piero Gasperini’s side were beaten 3-2 by Manchester United last time out, despite taking a 2-0 lead in the game.

Atalanta have only lost two of their last eight home games in the UEFA Champions League (W3 D3), while they won 1-0 against Young Boys on MD2 this season. The Italian side have only won consecutive home games once previously in the competition, beating Dinamo Zagreb and Valencia in 2019-20.

Manchester United Team News:

Man United, meanwhile, will be without the services of Victor Lindelof due to a knock, but Paul Pogba is available for selection, as his suspension only relates to domestic fixtures.

There is every chance that Solskjaer will stick with the same 3-5-2 formation that proved successful at Spurs, but it does seem likely that there will be at least two changes ahead of the Manchester derby, with Cavani potentially being protected ahead of starting on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Lindelof’s absence could see Luke Shaw feature as one of the three centre-backs, allowing Alex Telles to come into the side at wing-back.

Rashford came off the bench to score against Spurs and could join Ronaldo in attack, while Pogba and Nemanja Matic are options in the middle of the park.

The importance of this match means that Solskjaer cannot take any real chances, though, and the XI is expected to be very similar to the one that featured at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Manchester United possible starting lineup:
De Gea; Maguire, Varane, Shaw; Wan-Bissaka, Fernandes, McTominay, Fred, Telles; Ronaldo, Rashford

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