At the midway point of the UEFA Champions League group stage, Manchester United is facing a home match that the Red Devils desperately hope to win against Group F leaders Atalanta.
Manchester United enters the match in third place in the group, which would not be enough to qualify for the knockout rounds with the top two advancing through at the conclusion of the group stage. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has struggled in group play so far with a loss at Young Boys and a late win against Villarreal. The Red Devils are not exactly in sparkling form, failing to win three straight English Premier League matches.
Atalanta won’t be a pushover. The team has been a reality in the Italian league in recent years and advanced to the quarterfinals and the Round of 16 in the last two editions of the UEFA Champions League. It’s a solid, attack-oriented side that will not be intimidated by Old Trafford setting.
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Sporting News will be watching the match live and providing scoring updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Manchester United vs. Atalanta live score
ATA — Mario Pasalic (David Zappacosta) — 15th min.
ATA — Merih Demiral (Teun Koopmeiners) — 29th min.
(All times Eastern)
42nd min.: What a tackle in the box by Merih Demiral on Marcus Rashford! The flag comes up, but Demiral celebrates that like he’d just scored again.
41st min.: Manchester United is struggling to cause this Atalanta team any defensive issues. Joakim Maehle cuts off another pass.
36th min.: Cristiano Ronaldo wants a penalty kick! No way that’s going to be called. Merih Demiral defended it well and Ronaldo went down off balance as he tried to take a shot. Paul Pogba is warming up.
35th min.: There’s been no response from Manchester United after going down 2-0. What’s concerning for the Red Devils is that Villarreal is also winning 2-0 on the road at Young Boys, where Man United lost.
31st min.: Demiral seemed to have a muscular issue and after scoring the goal he looked to be grabbing his hamstring. Still no sign he could be coming off.
29th min.: Goal Atalanta! They’re 2-0 up. It’s Merih Demiral heading home a Teun Koopmeiners corner kick. Incredible turn of events. That was Harry Maguire who couldn’t keep up with Demiral on that play.
27th min.: Shot by Cristiano Ronaldo in the box and it’s stopped by Musso low at the near post. Easy stop.
25th min.: Atalanta defending comfortably in its own half. It’s not taking too many risks with the press.
23rd min.: Man United cross goes off Jose Palomino’s arm in the box, but it was tucked in tightly against his body. No penalty.
15th min.: Atalanta takes the lead! Well-worked play. Luis Muriel stretches the defense, ball goes wide right to an unmarked Davide Zappacosta who is free to cross it to Mario Pasalic, who was waiting in the six-yard box.
10th min.: Atalanta’s Juan Musso comes off his line to catch a deflected Bruno Fernandes shot. Moments later Merih Demiral shoulders Ronaldo off a ball over the top. Atalanta is absorbing what Man United have to offer so far. The Red Devils are trying to go vertical quickly and not give Atalanta a chance to get set.
6th min.: Strong spell of possession for Atalanta. Even though it’s missing a few players, La Dea is fearless and it’s going toe-to-toe. If the visitors were supposed to weather a storm, that hasn’t come from Manchester United.
3rd min.: Big chance for Man United! Marcus Rashford was put through on goal, but in the one-on-one against Atalanta goalkeeper Musso, he pushes it wide left. He’s off the hook – the assistant raises the flag. He was offside.
1st min.: We’re off. This should be a good one.
2:20 p.m. ET: It’s worth pointing out before kickoff that Atalanta didn’t exactly get a good night’s sleep.
Manchester United vs. Atalanta: Starting lineups
Marcus Rashford, who scored in his first appearance of the season against Leicester City, gets his first start. He’ll join Cristiano Ronaldo and Mason Greenwood on the forward line, as Jadon Sancho sits. Paul Pogba is the other surprise exclusion from the starting lineup though his recent performances have been subpar.
Manchester United starting lineup (4-2-3-1, right to left): 1-David de Gea-GK — 29-Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 2-Victor Lindelof, 5-Harry Maguire (c), 23-Luke Shaw — 17-Fred, 39-Scott McTominay — 11-Mason Greenwood, 18-Bruno Fernandes, 10-Marcus Rashford — 7-Cristiano Ronaldo
Manchester United subs (12): 26-Dean Henderson-GK, 27-Alex Telles, 3-Eric Bailly, 20-Diogo Dalot, 34-Donny van de Beek, 31-Nemanja Matic, 6-Paul Pogba, 14-Jesse Lingard, 8-Juan Mata, 25-Jadon Sancho, 21-Edinson Cavani, 36-Anthony Elanga
For the first-ever matchup against Manchester United, Atalanta decides to leave the talented Ruslan Malinovskyi and Duvan Zapata on the bench, but they’ll probably be among the first subs. The team has had to cobble together a back line, moving midfielder Marten de Roon to join the defenders.
Atalanta starting lineup (3-4-3, left to right): 1-Juan Musso-GK — 6-Jose Palomino, 28-Merih Demiral, 15-Marten de Roon — 3-Joakim Maehle, 7-Teun Koopmeiners, 11-Remo Freuler, 77-Davide Zappacosta — 9-Luis Muriel, 88-Mario Pasalic, 72-Josip Ilicic
Atalanta subs (9): 31-Francesco Rossi-GK, 57-Marco Sportiello, 13-Giuseppe Pezzella, 18-Ruslan Malinovskyi, 42-Giorgio Scalvini, 59-Aleksei Miranchuk, 66-Matteo Lovato, 91-Duvan Zapata, 99-Roberto Piccoli
How to watch Manchester United vs. Atalanta
- Date: Wed, Oct. 20
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- TV Channel: UniMas, TUDN
- Streaming (USA): fuboTV, Paramount+
- Streaming (Canada): DAZN
The Manchester United vs. Atalanta matchup will be available to watch in both English and Spanish. UniMas and TUDN will carry the broadcast on TV in Spanish and both channels are available to stream via fuboTV , which is available for new users with a free 7-day trial . The English-language broadcast is available via CBS streaming platform Paramount+.
DAZN has the UEFA Champions League rights in Canada and will stream the match for subscribers.