Atalanta against Manchester United: Minor problems for United to assess, says Solskjær

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United came back from 2-0 down to beat Atalanta at Old Trafford in their last Champions League match

Manchester United have a few players to evaluate before Tuesday’s Champions League match in Atalanta, says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

The United boss did not identify the players but did not seem so concerned about their chances.

Paul Pogba, who is currently serving an internal quarantine for his red card against Liverpool, is likely to join.

“We looked good at the training session this morning. Everyone was there,” said Solskjær.

“There were a few small plugs in the session, but I don’t think they’ll get bigger.”

After losing 5-0 at home to Liverpool, United switched to a three-man defense for the 3-0 win at Tottenham, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani leading the attack.

The victory left United in fifth place in the Premier League, 10 games inside what has been an inconsistent campaign.

Solskjær would not be drawn on whether they would continue with the same tactical setup for Tuesday’s match in Italy.

“Of course I can not give you the game plan and tactics, but we have a team to play in many different ways,” he said.

“You can rule out any tactic or system, it’s the players in it and how they perform the role – that was the difference last Saturday.

“The quality of what we did was more important than the system we played.”

“Solskjær will take Manchester United back to the top”

Atalanta head coach Gian Piero Gasperini has supported Solskjær to get out of his recent difficulties and take Manchester United back to the top.

Cristiano Ronaldo secured a memorable 3-2 comeback victory when the sides first met fourteen days ago in Group F.

“I can only talk about what I have seen in terms of the way they play and the results they have achieved,” said the Atalanta head coach, whose team is two points behind leaders United in Group F.

“I think they had an incredible run towards the back of last season. They finished as runners-up and then they lost the Europa League final, but he certainly did a top-class job.

“This year, I think he’s still trying to find connection with a team that has great potential, and they have shown that from time to time.

“But I really believe he will find the right fit and he will be able to take Manchester United back to the top, and that includes in the Premier League.”

Rafael Toloi, Berat Djimsiti, Matteo Pessina and Robin Gosens remain inaccessible to Gasperini.

The Atalanta coach expects a different game than the one at Old Trafford, where Atalanta took a 2-0 lead before United stepped back to win the second half.

“Tomorrow [Tuesday] The match of the night will be a completely different match than the reverse match, “he added.

“We showed a great character at Old Trafford. There were more than 70,000 that night.

“We have to make sure we are willing and ready to take on Manchester United based on whether they line up as they did in their last game against Tottenham or whether they line up as they did in the reverse game. “

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