Manchester United never do it the easy way. Ever. It looked like the pressure was going to rise after United went down two goals to nothing at half-time, but three second half goals from Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo secured an crucial victory for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his men.
There were some poor performances, especially in the first-half, but also a lot of players who turned up when they needed to most. Here are the player ratings for Manchester United 3-2 Atalanta.
David de Gea – 7.5/10
Couldn’t do anything about either goal, and then produced a wonderful double save mid-way through the second half. Impressive distribution to the flanks at times.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7.5/10
In a match where he originally was suspended for, Aaron Wan-Bissaka provided a great performance on the right side of defence. Sturdy at the back and also offered some impressive runs on the right side throughout.
Victor Lindelöf – 6.5/10
Overall, the centre-back was solid and had a mostly routine pe, but would’ve been thankful to be bailed out by his goalkeeper after being outmuscled by Duván Zapata inside his own area to open a shot up for the striker.
Harry Maguire – 7/10
You could argue that Maguire should’ve done better for both of Atalanta’s goals. However, his clinical finish at the back post got United back on level terms mid-way through the second half. His passing performance was more like what we’re used to from the centre-back.Embed from Getty Images
Luke Shaw – 7/10
The left-back had Marcus Rashford ahead of him tonight – a player he connects with very well on the left flank – but didn’t have much joy going forward for the majority of the match. He failed to block Demiral for the second goal of the match, but then produced an excellent cross for the winner in the late stages of the game.
Scott McTominay – 6/10
Apart from a few good runs and a couple nice long passes, the Scotsman was quite anonymous throughout his cameo. Unlucky to not get on the scoresheet when his struck the post, but completing just 24 passes in 67 minutes suggests that McTominay was not active enough when United were in possession.
Fred – 8/10
The Brazilian had a really good match in the middle for The Reds, and was stretched to do a lot of work throughout but dealt with it very well. It was his inability to score either of his chances that was most frustrating part in Fred’s game.Embed from Getty Images
Bruno Fernandes – 9.5/10
This is a strange one. Bruno was sloppy in periods and didn’t have his deft first-touch as usual (apart from his beautiful first-time pass to Rashford for United’s first). However, the midfielder produced pass after pass into his fellow forward men throughout. With an assist and nine chances created, it was a clinic from the Portuguese. It might’ve not been pretty at times, but no one can deny the quality he possesses at making chances for his teammates.
Mason Greenwood – 7/10
The 20-year-old might’ve not got on the scoresheet, and was brought off eventually, but it was another performance which encapsulated his growth as a player in the last two years. Confident in possession and in his passing, Greenwood would’ve felt unfortunate that a 30-year-old Ronaldo was not running through when he slid the ball in behind in the second half.
Marcus Rashford – 7.5/10
Started the game sharply, and should’ve put the ball in the back of the net when he was one-on-one and put the ball wide, yet he was flagged offside. He also had multiple other chances, but a lack of clinical nature was apparent in the first period. A cool finish in the early exchanges of the second half, however, gave Rashford his second goal in as many games.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 8/10
He started the match more involved than previous weeks. He was mostly tidy in interplay, but seemed to be lacking the cutting edge in the final third… that was until the 81st minute, where he leaped in the air to convert the eventual winner for the hosts. A brilliant header. It was signature Ronaldo, and it was yet another Champions League winner for Ronaldo.Embed from Getty Images
Paul Pogba – 7.5/10
An impressive cameo from the bench. Pogba helped drive United forward with his strength and close control with the ball, and also found a few nice passes in the last 20 minutes.
Edinson Cavani – 6/10
Not too involved, but didn’t stop running. His misplaced pass, which he then sprinted after himself to try and force an error, was the encapsulation of why every United fan loves the forward.
Jadon Sancho – 6/10
Coming in on the right flank, Sancho was involved and had a few nice touches, but after Ronaldo’s goal, the focus was on ensuring that United got all three points.