Manchester United’s second half against Atalanta was one of the best 45 minutes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had played all season.
The first 45 were among the most frustrating and there is stiff competition in this category.
United eventually came through and won 3-2 and the players can cheer after a hard-fought win.
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Former England coach Fabio Capello worked as an expert in Italy and selected two Manchester United players whom he saw as the keys to victory.
Capello also praised Atalanta, saying they should feel optimistic despite the loss.
The ex-Three Lions boss told TMW: “United has shot on goal many times. [with] the speed of Rashford and the skill of Cristiano Ronaldo made the difference.
“Atalanta did what it had to do, it’s a failure that [should] let them calm down, they are a team with quality and risk of attack. Without the whole team, what they did was very good. “
Capello added that, in his opinion, Atalanta was proven to be on par with United despite their comparatively limited European experience.
Go back in two weeks
United are visiting Atalanta in the Champions League in two weeks’ time for what could be a very difficult game.
The game lies between two Premier League games against Tottenham and Manchester City.
Atalanta actually have a better away record than at home this season. They have scored four goals in four home games in Serie A.
For comparison: In four games they have scored nine goals away from home.
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In Champions League games, Atalanta has scored 13 away goals compared to five at home.
Given United’s generally strong away record, apart from recent losses to Young Boys and Leicester City, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side should be optimistic about scoring a result in Italy.
Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo will likely have to do their best to cause problems at Atalanta again.
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