The irrepressible Christiano Ronaldo just loves the Champions League doesn’t he .The Portuguese notched up his 138th and 139th goals in this one but as a team it didn’t quite work out in another away match in this competition. Worryingly it looks like they are depending more and more on him to win matches. The second one was hugely impressive. It was really in truth a half chance defenders well in place to block him. The defenders ended up blocking the goalie Musso’s view leading to the goal. Man United solved one headache in the weekend win over Spurs which is the formation. Ole stuck to the same with alterations to personnel. Fred’s suspension meant Pogba started with McTominay in midfield. The Frenchman was poor again not for the first time this season and was hooked for Cavani in the second stanza.The loss of Varane(injured) meant a change in formation back to almost a 4-4-2 with Greenwood coming in. In also came Eric Bailly for Lindelof.
Bailly’s speed came in handy against Zapata although he got caught with the odd ball over the top as can be deciphered by the second Atalanta goal. Speaking of the Colombian , he was magnificently a handful for the United back three. His link up play with the midfield of Freuiler and Koopmeiners was on point. The one weakness the Bergamo side might have is that they ran out of steam in the last 15 minutes. As a result they invited United to attack until the pressure told.One thing that caused United to have so few attempts on target(4 for each side) was the lack of width on the flanks. The traditional United way is to have quality wingers to boom in crosses for the two strikers. I guess that comes with choosing Greenwood A NATURAL FINISHER to be your crosser. The heading ability of Cavani and Christiano is grossly underrated. The draw a fair result with United still top only by a better head top head record with Villarreal on 7 points. Interesting titbit as final word. Donny Van De Beek came on in the last 4 minutes of the game and produced one shot on target, better than seven other outfield red devils.