Solskjaer and Rashford preview Atalanta clash
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Manchester United coach Mike Phelan was reportedly ‘disgusted’ after Atalanta took the lead in their Champions League clash. The Red Devils are in action hoping to boost their chances of making the knockout stages. However, they now have big work to do.
Manchester United have had a mixed Champions League campaign so far.
They lost 2-1 to Young Boys in their opening match of the competition, despite Cristiano Ronaldo being on target.
But Ronaldo was the hero last time out, bagging a dramatic late winner against Villarreal after Alex Telles had drawn them level.
Now, tonight, United are hoping to put Atalanta to the sword.
Yet their hopes of securing all three points have taken a blow already, with the Serie A side scoring through Mario Pasalic.
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And the Manchester Evening News say Phelan turned away in ‘disgust’ after the goal went in.
Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire were nowhere near the Atalanta star as they fell behind.
And United will now have to up the ante if they’re to avoid a second Champions League defeat from three matches.
One of the biggest talking points so far is the decision to drop both Jadon Sancho and Paul Pogba, with the pair both left on the bench.
And Peter Crouch thinks that, regarding Pogba, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels he can’t trust the France international.
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“It’s obvious the manager can’t trust him,” the former Tottenham striker told BT Sport.
“I think he’d rather play Liverpool because they’re better when they’re counter attacking.
“The lack of trust in Pogba is evident he’s gone with Fred and Mctominay because he can trust them and they are disciplined.”
Paul Scholes agreed, adding: “Peter’s hit the nail on the head, I don’t think Ole can trust him.
“He’s tried to trust him, he’s given him loads of chances and he really wants to but he’s seen the lack of discipline Pogba has in that position and could cost them dearly.
“Lack of trust in a player is not good but he’s got to get over it.”
Speaking before the game, meanwhile, Solskjaer called on United to show their best selves in the match.
“When you lose games, it’s obvious that things didn’t go as planned,” he said.
“It might be personnel or some injuries. We’ve got loads of good players and rotation is always going to be important.
“We have to go into every game with loads of energy so there will be changes in how we approach the game.
“We’re at home with the fans behind us, they’re the best fans in the world, and I know how they are after the team have gone through a little bit of a sticky period.
“There is no better place to go [than Old Trafford] and to try to go for three points.”
If United lose to Atalanta, they’ll sit bottom of the group.
And that would mean them staring down the barrel of a second group stage exit in as many years.
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