Despite an aggressive summer recruiting drive which saw Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo join a side which finished second in the Premier League last season, the new faces have not yielded the kind of results many would have expected. Of course United have the kind of individual talent to cause a problem for any team, although that’s where the problem lies.
Indeed, while there are big names in just about every position, there seems to be some confidence in moments of sparkle in light of a compelling overall structure.
This particular critique of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era could not offer more juxtaposition to their European opposition. One of the few successes in Italian football in recent years, Atalanta are a very entertaining side capable of shattering teams under Gian Piero Gasperini and arrive in Manchester with a recent Champions League pedigree.
Barely-beaten quarter-finalists in 2020, they lead the way in Group F and could extend their advantage by a healthy point to four with a win over an out of the ordinary United.
Kick-off date, time and location
Manchester United vs Atalanta are scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. BST on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.
Where to watch Man United vs Atalanta
TV channel: The match will be broadcast live on BT Sport 2.
Direct: BT Sport subscribers will also be able to watch the match online through the website or through the BT Sport app.
Man United vs Atalanta team news
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is available for European selection again following an appeal to UEFA that led to his suspension being reduced from three games to two.
South American pair Fred and Edinson Cavani, meanwhile, are also in the squad after missing out on the recent loss to Leicester following their commitments to Brazil and Uruguay respectively during the international break.
Man United XI: From Géa; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Ronaldo.
Subscribers: Henderson, Telles, Bailly, Dalot, Lingard, Mata, Matic, Pogba, Van de Beek, Cavani, Elanga, Sancho.
Prediction Man United vs Atalanta
Considering the offensive makeup of both teams, it’s hard not to see either team score.
History and results of face to face (h2h)
The two clubs have never played before.