A repeat from the stunning comeback win a fortnight ago, Manchester United faced Atalanta in the Champions League, this time in Italy. From the start of the game, it felt a lot more tentative than the performance against Tottenham.
These feelings were realised in the 12th minute as Josip Iličić took advantage of a great cutback by Duvan Zapata to slot the ball under David de Gea and give La Dea an early lead. As the game went on, Atalanta grew more and more into the match and if not for Eric Bailly, the match could have gotten away from the Reds.
Raphaël Varane had to be taken off due to injury around the 35-minute mark, and Cristiano Ronaldo levelled the score after some lovely combination play between him, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood to share the spoils at halftime.
United looked better coming out into the second half, however, the faith was short-lived as Zapata scooped the ball past de Gea and scored, with the goal being given after a 2-minute VAR review. The game felt more and more like a loss as it went on, with Atalanta defending brilliantly. This was until Ronaldo stepped up yet again to score in injury time to rescue the game for the Reds.
David de Gea – 4/10
Poor game from de Gea tonight in comparison to other performances this season. The first goal was more than savable for a keeper of his standards, and the second one felt like he froze.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 6/10
Wan-Bissaka had to become a driving force through the midfield in the second half today due to Atalanta’s tactics, which was weird. He did quite well to drive forwards.
Eric Bailly – 9/10
An absolutely blinding game from Bailly tonight. He had a lot of responsibility on his shoulders after Varane came off, and without him, United would have been absolutely blown away.Embed from Getty Images
Raphaël Varane – 7/10
Until he came off injured, Varane was having a good game. He and Bailly together were dealing with Zapata well, so it was no surprise that the Columbian had a much bigger impact once Varane came off injured.
Harry Maguire – 3/10
Maguire felt all over the place tonight. He was slow to react for Atalanta’s second goal, and overall just felt like he was lagging for the majority of the match.
Luke Shaw – 5.5/10
Shaw was ok, attempting 12 crosses and long balls, however was getting the run around by Ilicic for parts of the game.
Paul Pogba – 3/10
Probably his worst performance this season, because at least he didn’t give away this many passes against Liverpool. A night to forget for him.Embed from Getty Images
Scott McTominay – 7/10
McTominay was decent tonight, playing a defensive role to cover Pogba and Fernandes. He completed all 4 of his long balls and had an 87% passing accuracy.
Bruno Fernandes – 6.5/10
Fernandes was lively in the first half, and his assist for Ronaldo’s goal was magnificent. However, he was completely marked out of the game in the second half and had little to no impact.
Marcus Rashford – 5/10
Was pretty unnoticeable tonight. Did not have much of an impact on United’s attack, either positive or negative.
Cristiano Ronaldo – 8/10
Running out of ways to describe this guy… G.O.A.T will do though. Was not overly involved in a lot of the game and dropped deep quite often, however scoring in the 45+1 & 90+1 minutes in a 2-2 draw just shows his undefeatability (if that’s a word).Embed from Getty Images
Mason Greenwood – 7/10
Greenwood was thrown on and felt like he slotted straight into the game. He combined well with Fernandes and Ronaldo to score the first and laid the ball off well for Ronaldo for his late equaliser.
Edinson Cavani – 5/10
Cavani was sent on to add an extra aerial and movement threat, however did not really impact the game.
Nemanja Matic – 6/10
Matic was brought on to hold down the midfield and introduce some calmness after Pogba’s erratic display, and he did this job well.
Donny van de Beek – N/A
van de Beek did not have enough time to make a significant impact, however, he did have a shot well saved at the death.
Jadon Sancho – N/A
Sancho did not get enough time to have any significant impact. I did think him and Sancho had decent displays when they came on, though.