How to follow United v Atalanta

Monday 18 October 2021 07:00

Manchester United host Italian side Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night, looking to bounce back from the weekend’s domestic defeat to Leicester City.

The Reds have three points from the first two games of the Champions League group stages and victory against the Bergamo-based outfit could prove crucial to qualification for the knockout rounds.

Further to that, a win under the lights at Old Trafford would help to cast away the disappointment we felt at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

As we begin our countdown to the game, here’s everything you need to know about how to follow the action, the key info on Atalanta and more…

Solskjaer: We need to sort this out


The boss suggests he may change the tactical set-up as thoughts turn to Atalanta on Wednesday.


The game kicks off at 20:00 BST and is being broadcast live in the UK on BT Sport 3, with coverage starting at 19:15 BST. As usual, you can follow all the matchday build-up and post-match analysis, plus radio commentary of the game itself, on MUTV. The programme begins at 18:55 BST. Live updates are also available on and in our Official App.


Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford returned from injury in the defeat to Leicester City, the latter coming off the bench to score United’s second goal. French defender Raphael Varane is out of action for a few weeks after an injury sustained while playing for his country in the recent international break.

Fred and Edinson Cavani will both be available again after missing Saturday's game due to playing late last week for their respective nations.

Anthony Martial was another absentee, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirming the forward was missing due to injury.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be available to play for United after having a two-game suspension for a red card against Young Boys reduced to one game.

If Bruno Fernandes starts, this will be his 50th appearance in UEFA club competition.

For Atalanta, Berat Djimsiti is unavailable after undergoing arm surgery recently. Robin Gosens is out for several weeks after suffering a thigh injury against Young Boys, while Hans Hateboer is a long-term absentee. Matteo Pessina and Rafael Toloi withdrew from Italy’s UEFA Nations League squad due to thigh injuries and the former has since been ruled out for a couple of months.

Watch what happened when United last faced Italian opposition at Old Trafford.


These two clubs have never played before, Atalanta becoming United's 228th different opponent in competitive fixtures and the 69th in the UEFA Champions League.

Fixtures against Italian opposition have provided some of the most incredible moments for this club in the past, from Paul Scholes’s goal at Inter in 1999 and Roy Keane’s performance against Juventus in the subsequent semi-final to Ernie Taylor’s penalty against Milan in 1958 and the 7-1 drubbing of AS Roma in 2007.

As for Atalanta, they’ve played English opposition on six occasions, against Liverpool, Everton and Manchester City, all in the last four years. They’ve managed an impressive three victories in those games, including at Anfield and Goodison Park, and have lost only twice.

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United approach Wednesday’s game with a point to prove after a tricky recent spell. Defeat at Leicester followed a draw with Everton before the international break. However, our last Champions League game ended in brilliant dramatic fashion as Cristiano Ronaldo popped up late on find a 2-1 winner against Villarreal.

Atalanta have four points in the Champions League so far after beating Young Boys and being held 2-2 at Villarreal. In Serie A, where they finished third last season, the Nerazzurri are currently in the top half after an inconsistent start to the campaign. Recent results include defeat to Milan, a draw with Inter and victory against Sassuolo and Salernitana. Their last game was a 4-1 win against Empoli on Sunday afternoon.

Matic defiant despite Leicester setback


The Serbian sent his apologies to our travelling fans after the Leicester defeat, but remains positive about the team.


Referee still to be confirmed.


In the other game in our group, Young Boys will host Villarreal in Switzerland, looking to add to their three points while the visitors only have one. The match kicks off at the same time as ours, 20:00 BST.

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