Manchester United are looking to follow up an impressive victory away at Tottenham Hotspur with another Champions League win against Atalanta as they travel to Italy on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils bounced back from the desperately humiliating 5-0 to Liverpool by comprehensively beating Nuno Espirito Santo’s men in north London, with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford earning them three points and helping to ease the pressure slightly on manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United, though, have still only won three of their last nine matches in all competitions, with one of those coming in the reverse fixture against Atalanta a fortnight ago after coming from two goals down to win 3-2.
Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday night’s match:
When is it?
The match will kick-off at 7.45pm in the UK, with the fixture taking place at the Stadio di Bergamo in Bergamo, Italy.
How can I watch it?
Atalanta vs Manchester United will be shown live on BT Sport 2 in the UK, with coverage beginning at 7pm.
Raphael Varane returned to action after recovering from a calf injury in the victory over Tottenham on Saturday evening, giving Solskjaer an almost fully fit squad, with Anthony Martial’s lack of match fitness the only current issue.
The Norwegian switched to a 3-5-2 shape in North London as he sought to instil some stability in his defence after the chastening 5-0 defeat to Liverpool, and could either stick with the change or revert to 4-2-3-1 here.
Atalanta have a number of long-term absentees including the Germany wing-back Robin Gosens, who will remain out until December with a hamstring injury, and Italian midfielder Matteo Pessina. Veteran centre-half Rafael Toloi is touch-and-go for this one.
Atalanta: Musso; Lovato, Demiral, De Roon; Zappacosta, Freuler, Koopmeiners, Maehle; Ilicic, Pasalic; Zapata.
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Ronaldo.
Manchester United 29/20
Despite United’s troubles, Atalanta’s openness and gung-ho approach to defending should play into the away side’s hands. Expect goals again. 3-1 to United.
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