Man Utd’s very valuable comeback against Atalanta

Man Utd’s very valuable comeback against Atalanta

In the Champions League group stage matchday 3, Manchester United beat Atalanta, 3-2, having been losing after the first half 0-2.

There were no big changes in the pre-match layouts of the teams. The only thing is De Roon, who played in the center-back position along with Palomino and Demiral. Laterals for the guests were Maehle and Zappacosta, and the attacking trio consisted of Muriel, Ilicic and Pasalic. At Manchester United, everything was prosaic and cautious. McTominay and Fred came out from the start, with Greenwood, Rashford, Fernandes and Ronaldo overhead.

From the first minutes it was not clear why Fernandes was needed on the pitch. The hosts tried to throw the ball forward at Ronaldo or Rashford, who found themselves in the striker position because of their speed. But the lack of a short and medium pass from the start of the match backfired on United immediately, as they could not hold the ball.

Atalanta's pressing resulted in large zones on the wings of the Red Devils' defenses. Zappacosta's cross was closed by Pasalic, having opened the score on the scoreboard. Already on the 29th minute, Demiral doubled the lead of Gian Piero Gasperini's team after a corner kick from Koopmeiners, which lasted until the break.

Atalanta immediately lost Demiral, who was replaced by Lovato, and Manchester United finally dropped the ball to the ground and began to play with control, saturating the completion zones with midfielders. Quantitative smart attacks led to a goal by Rashford, who, freed from custody after a pass from Fernandes, sent the ball into the far bottom corner. But then United again began looking for an opportunity to pass at the forwards. Not to say that it did not bear fruit. Ronaldo shot at the goalkeeper Atalanta Musso a couple of times, but failed to equalize.

Therefore, Solskjaer released Pogba and Cavani instead of McTominay and Rashford, respectively, increasing the attack. A little later they were joined by Sancho, who came out instead of Greenwood, who failed the match. But United's second goal came not from Solskjaer's new tactics, but from the individual skills of his players. A quick corner kick disoriented the Atalanta defense and they forgot Harry Maguire, who got the ball and leveled the score with the first touch.

It was clear that the Bergamasque would no longer cling to the victory and their maximum was to take one point. But the energy-consuming pressure of Gasperini made adjustments, and the tired defenders forgot Luke Shaw on the wing, who crossed on the head of Ronaldo, who won the upper hand over Palomino - 3:2 and a beautiful comeback at Old Trafford happened, but this is more negative for Manchester United.

Initially, Solskjaer was unable to force his players to play low. They missed twice, hoping for longballs. In the second half, the situation changed for ten minutes, but after the goal everything returned to normal. The only reason why Manchester United won was the high individual skill of the players. It was more necessary for Manchester to lose in this fight and draw conclusions. And so, they only removed the symptoms, but left the disease intact. Although ahead of them are the matches with Liverpool, Tottenham, Atalanta and Manchester City in the next two weeks.