Atalanta v Manchester United: live stream, TV details, how to watch, injury and team news
The Red Devils could take a huge step towards the knockout rounds of the Champions League with a win in Bergamo.
Manchester United return to Champions League action on Tuesday when they face Atalanta in Bergamo.
The game, which kicks off at 8pm, pits first against third in Group F and provides arguably the Red Devils’ stiffest challenge in the four-team mini-league.
United beat Atalanta 3-2 when the sides last met, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men coming from two goals down to grab a vital win. That preceded the 5-0 capitulation against Liverpool, which at one stage seemed to spell the end of the Norwegian’s managerial reign at Old Trafford.
Yet Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur eased much of the pressure on the United boss, as would a win in Bergamo on Tuesday.
Such a scenario would leave the Red Devils with nine points after four matches and in a great position to progress to the knockout stages. However, a loss would see Atalanta move above them in the table, while a winner in the other group game, Villarreal v Young Boys, could see United drop to third.
Therefore, it’s a match where avoiding defeat is so much more important than taking the three points, although whether Solskjaer will view it that way is another matter.
The United boss opted for a 3-4-1-2 shape at the weekend and has a decision to make on whether to return to a four-man backline, or stick with the formation that bought him his most significant win of the season to date.
There’s also the small matter of the Manchester derby on the horizon, which could impact his team selection.
What’s the latest team news?
Paul Pogba is available after missing Saturday’s win over Spurs through suspension. However, he’s eligible to play in Italy and Solskjaer could make use of that and look to rotate his side.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani both were on the scoresheet at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, but might be rested in midweek ahead of Saturday’s derby.
Raphael Varane returned to the side at the weekend, but Solskjaer will need to assess whether he can play three games in a week following a recent injury.
Anthony Martial is another option for the United manager, with the attacker missing in recent weeks through injury, despite claims his wife Melanie made over the weekend that the French international’s only recent ailment was ‘food poisoning’.
What’s the latest team news for Atalanta?
Le Dea have something of a defensive injury nightmare at present with Rafael Toloi and Berat Djimsiti both missing, along with wing-backs Robin Gosens and Hans Hateboer.
Matteo Pessina is also long-term absentee for Atalanta, whose injury crisis meant they could only name eight substitutes in the weekend draw with Lazio, two of which were goalkeepers.
Jose Luis Palomino missed the game through suspension but is available for Tuesday’s Champions League clash.
Atalanta (3-4-2-1): Musso; De Roon, Demiral, Palomino; Zappacosta, Freuler, Koopmeiners, Maehle; Ilicic, Pasalic; Zapata.
Manchester United (3-4-1-2): De Gea; Lindelof, Varane, Maguire; Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Fred, Shaw; Pogba; Ronaldo, Rashford.
Is the match on TV?
The game will be shown live in the UK on BT Sport, with the pre-match build-up beginning at 7:45pm.
BT Sport subscribers can also stream the game via their official app.
How can I watch highlights?
Highlights will be available for all to watch on BT Sports’ Champions League YouTube channel. You can also watch Champions League Tonight at 10.30pm on BT Sport 2, for highlights and reaction to all eight matches that night.