Man Utd predicted the line-up against Atalanta

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Manchester United want to build on Saturday’s Premier League victory over Tottenham when they return to Champions League action this week with a trip to Italy to face Atalanta.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is fighting to save his job and a 3-0 victory in north London was only the first step in securing his long-term future.

United will approach the knockout stages of the Champions League with a win in Bergamo on Tuesday night, but any other result would leave them with a lot of work to do.

Here is a look at the starting eleven that the boss could choose …

Raphael Varane’s return from injury strengthens Man Utd on Saturday / Visionhaus / GettyImages

David de Gea (GK) – United’s leaky defense this season has not been the goalkeeper’s fault.

Victor Lindelof (CB) – Retained his place last Saturday, despite Varane returning, due to the system change and it will probably be the same here.

Raphael Varane (CB) – In line for just his second Champions League start as a United player. His return from injury this weekend made a big difference to Spurs.

Harry Maguire (CB) – The captain’s recent poor performances against Leicester, Atalanta and Liverpool were probably due to a lack of fitness after his recent injury absence. He’s getting better.

Scott McTominay was a driving force for Man Utd in north London / Visionhaus / GettyImages

Aaron Wan-Bissaka (RWB) – His defensive coverage, tackle and one-on-one defense were the subject of praise during the weekend. Must give more forward, especially as a fullback.

Scott McTominay (CM) – Has probably not been in shape most of the season due to injury problems during the pre-season but looked more like the driving force and engine room against Tottenham that he has long threatened to be.

Fred (CM) – Solskjaer has a decision to recall Paul Pogba, who is entitled to play in Europe regardless of his domestic suspension. But the logical choice is to ensure a more disciplined form, says Fred.

Luke Shaw (LWB) – Need to seriously look over his shoulder because his place is threatened by Alex Telles. Performance levels this season have dropped, probably because he is exhausted.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) – If he plays more in tune with the rest of the midfielders, his performance will be more profitable than it has been in recent times.

Marcus Rashford gets sharper for each appearance / Visionhaus / GettyImages

Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) – His goal will continue to pull United through. Seems to be committed to leading this group out of its slump, even though critics claim he has only selfish intentions.

Marcus Rashford (ST) – Has looked sharp and hungry since he returned from the summer operation and scored again from the bench last Saturday.

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