Four things were seen in Manchester United’s training as Cristiano Ronaldo has a new look

Manchester United will build on Saturday’s morale-boosting 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur when they beat Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night.

United, who provided the ideal answer against Spurs after their 5-0 defeat to Liverpool less than a week earlier, will travel to Gewiss Stadium to win a third consecutive Champions League victory.

A win for the Reds in Italy would move them to nine points in Group H and a further step closer to booking their place in the quarter-finals.

As United’s confidence has been given a timely boost, thanks to the victory in north London on Saturday night, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær will hope that his players maintain the same level of standards, although Atalanta, as proved at Old Trafford for less than fourteen days since, will offer a hedge test.

With yet another big showdown looming large, United’s players were spotted putting hard yards into their training base in Carrington on Monday. Below, MEN Sports have selected four things we spotted from the session.

Pogba smiles everyone

After sitting out the first match of his three-match quarantine against Tottenham, Paul Pogba will push to return to the starting line-up against Atalanta.

The Frenchman was sent off against Liverpool and will consequently miss three home games, meaning he is free to return on Tuesday night and compete in European action.

Whether he starts or not, however, remains to be seen. But the central midfielder, who did not start the meeting with Atalanta at Old Trafford, seemed happy enough in training on Monday, having a big smile on his face as he laughed from ear to ear.

Paul Pogba cut a very happy figure in training on Monday.
Paul Pogba cut a very happy figure in training on Monday.

Ronaldo defies the elements

November is here, as the usual weather.

Large parts of England have been hit by rain and strong winds for the last 48 hours or so, and it was no different in Carrington on Monday, so much so that Cristiano Ronaldo, who was United’s hero against Atalanta less than two weeks ago, felt the need to sport a wool hat during training.

The Portuguese star, who has been accustomed to training in hot weather the last few years abroad, was not the only one wearing a hat as several other members of the squad did the same. Style icon.

Ronaldo has scored in all three of United’s Champions League matches this season and will hope to continue that race in Italy.

Cristiano Ronaldo dug his winter wool ahead of training on Monday.
Cristiano Ronaldo dug his winter wool ahead of training on Monday.

Sancho aims to impress

It is fair to say that Jadon Sancho’s time at Manchester United has so far not gone according to plan.

The English national team player, who has been signed for £ 72.9 million from Borussia Dortmund, has so far struggled to make a real impact, not scoring or grabbing a single assist in 11 games. To add to that, the English winger has also not been in United’s last two games, last playing in the 3-2 win over Atalanta after stepping off the bench as a substitute in the second half.

As always, he trained in Carrington on Monday and sought to put in the hard yards, all in an attempt to force himself back to Solskjær’s mindset.

But if the United boss chooses to stick with a back-three system, he may find it difficult.

Solskjærs studies

Given that United’s approach with a back-three worked so well against Spurs, all eyes will be on Solskjær on Tuesday night to see if he repeats his decision again.

The loss of Victor Lindelof to injury could force him to change his plans, even though he has alternative options for the Swede.

Nevertheless, the United boss, who is not out of the woods yet in terms of the pressure on his shoulders, will look to choose the right side to get the job done.

Ole Gunnar Solskjær kept a watchful eye on the training on Monday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjær kept a watchful eye on the training on Monday.

He was pictured in Carrington on Monday keeping a watchful eye on his players as they were put through their preparations before flying out to Italy.

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