Atalanta 2-2 Man Utd: Player rating

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Manchester United’s hopes of qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League were dashed after they drew 2-2 with Atalanta on Tuesday night.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men looked to have turned a corner after defeating Spurs 3-0 this weekend, but were brought back to earth by Gian Piero Gasperini’s organized outfit and were lucky enough to escape by one point.

Scott McTominay got an early shot in the post and United looked stronger in the opening substitutions, but Josip Ilicic gave Atalanta the lead at the other end after 11 minutes.

The pigeon Zapata made a fantastic run into the canal and picked out the Slovenian with a cut-back, and his slow stroke was somehow too hot for David de Gea to handle, and the ball seeped down into the bottom corner.

Zupata had a great chance to double Atalanta’s lead when United were caught sleeping at the back and the Colombian was able to run on a long ball over the top, but he did not keep his shot down.

Atalanta continued to press and forced Paul Pogba to pass the ball into a dangerous area, but Eric Bailly made a great recovery challenge to deny Zapata a certain goal.

Raphael Varane was replaced with an injury when Solskjaer’s problems increased, but United found an equalizer with a nice sweeping move on the border at half time, with Cristiano Ronaldo who put it home after a nice dismissal from Bruno Fernandes.

The two Portuguese stars combined shortly after the break, with Ronaldo winning the ball high on the pitch and teeing up Fernandes, but his shot was blocked by Jose Palomino.

Zapata finally had the ball in the net after another run-in behind went unnoticed, but the offside flag was up and United’s blush seemed to have been spared, but after a long VAR check it turned out that the unfortunate Harry Maguire had played the striker onside and the goal stood up.

Atalanta were forced to a substitution as Mason Greenwood couldn’t continue playing due to the rough treatment, forcing Mason Greenwood to come in from the sidelines.

United threw on Donny van de Beek (seriously) and Jadon Sancho to try and save a point, and finally found a way through when Ronaldo volleyed in an equalizer in stoppage time.

Solskjaer’s team remains top of the group with seven points – on a par with Villarreal, which they play next – while Atalanta is two points behind them.

Here are your United players’ ratings …

Bailly was impressive / Eurasia Sport Images / GettyImages

David de Gea (GK) – 3/10 – Had a good season so far but my God, how could he not keep Ilicic’s opener out?

Eric Bailly (CB) – 8/10 – His pace of recovery helped United out of several difficult situations. One of his best performances in several years and yet it proved pointless.

Raphael Varane (CB) – 6/10 – Swept up properly before being subbed with injury.

Harry Maguire (CB) – 4/10 – Atalanta focused on him and were rewarded with goals.

It was a difficult night for Pogba / Giuseppe Cottini / GettyImages

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RWB) – 4/10 – Does not offer enough forward and looks lost at the other end when starting higher.

Scott McTominay (CM) – 3/10 – Commentator Darren Fletcher described him as “a competitor”, which was very kind. Very lucky not to be expelled for several yellow card violations.

Paul Pogba (CM) – 2/10 – Dear me. Offered nothing in the way of control or chance creation and was net negative when he returned to the side. McTominay was a wandering red card and yet Pogba was the midfielder who Solskjaer hooked.

Luke Shaw (LWB) – 5/10 – Was not terrible but still not close to his form from last season.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) – 7/10 – One of the few United players who can leave with his head held high, was surprisingly replaced late with the Red Devils chasing the match.

Apparently Ronaldo scored when he returned to Italy / Eurasia Sport Images / GettyImages

Marcus Rashford (CF) – 5/10 – Looked rusty in spots and is another option than Edinson Cavani, but showed a bit promising in the first half.

Cristiano Ronaldo (CF) – 8/10 – Actually pressured and looked threatening even when he did not score, which is a rarity for him in 2021. Came to the rescue again to continue his fine Champions League form.

Greenwood was suffocated / Giuseppe Cottini / GettyImages

Mason Greenwood (RW) – 5/10 – Contributed a little to the game even though he took a happy assist. Tried to channel his inner Arjen Robben but Atalanta did not fall for it.

Edinson Cavani (CF) – 5/10 – Could not get into the match, probably because Atalanta defended so well.

Nemanja Matic (CM) – 5/10 – Well, he was not as bad as McTominay or Pogba.

Donny Van de Beek (CM) – N / A

Jadon Sancho (LW) – N / A

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