Man Utd news LIVE: Ronaldo rescues Atalanta DRAW, Solskjaer 'WILL NOT be sacked under Woodward', Pogba returns

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER is set to stay at Man Utd as boss at least until Ed Woodward departs at the end of the year, according to reports.

But United drew their Champions League group stage clash with Atalanta 2-2, thanks to a late Cristiano Ronaldo wondergoal.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils are starting to put their January plans in place, with some sources suggesting they will raid Leicester for Youri Tielemans and Caglar Soyuncu.

Follow all the latest Man Utd news, transfer and gossip from Old Trafford below…

  • Kealan Hughes

    RON-BELIEVABLE STUFF

    Here's how SunSport rated the Manchester United team against Atalanta.

    DAVID DE GEA – 4/10
    Dropped a clanger for Atalanta's opener as he let the average low shot slip under his body.

    AARON WAN-BISSAKA – 6
    Once again frustratingly ineffective going forward.

    If he could only add that to his game he would be world class as he is almost impossible to beat at the back.

    ERIC BAILLY – 9
    Superb goal-saving block to deny Zapata in the 31st minute.

    Couldn't tell he has struggled for game time recently as he was United's best player along with Ronnie.

    RAPHAEL VARANE (subbed 37 mins) – 6
    Was matching Zupata fairly well in the early stages.

    But pulled up injured as with 10 minutes to go before the break and was subbed by Solskjaer as a precaution.

    HARRY MAGUIRE – 4
    Overshadowed by his superb centre-back partner Bailly.

    Was out of position on several occasions and was flagging wildly for offside before missing with a lunge on Zapata who scored seconds later.

    LUKE SHAW – 5
    Quiet evening. Not at his usual scintillating best going forward.

    Fine defensively.

    PAUL POGBA (subbed 67 mins) – 3
    Fizzed an aerial ball to Ronaldo when in a good position when the Portuguese wanted it on the floor which would surely have seen him score in the 20th minute.

    SCOTT McTOMINAY – 5
    Saw his deflected effort fool the keeper and trickle towards goal before it hit the base of the post when it was still goalless.

    BRUNO FERNANDES (subbed 87 mins) – 7
    Heavily involved in the build up to United's first goal and his skillful lay-off fed his countryman Ronaldo who made no mistake.

    MARCUS RASHFORD (subbed 67 mins) – 6
    Industrious and positive as he tried to make things happen.

    Wasn't quite happening before half-time but he kept plugging away which Solskjaer will have been pleased with.

    CRISTIANO RONALDO – 9
    Led from the front again and finished of a superb move he was involved in in first-half stoppage time.

    Fed Greenwood and showed for the one-two, Greenwood fizzed it into Fernandes whose flick found Ronaldo on the edge of the box and he slammed it into the left corner to make it 1-1.

    Sublime volley to rescue a vital point at the death. You wouldn't believe it if it was a fairytale but you have to when it happens in front of your eyes. Superb.

    MASON GREENWOOD (replaced Varane) – 8
    Looked lively from the moment he came on.

    Fired a superb pass into Fernandes which led to Ronaldo's equaliser.

    EDINSON CAVANI (replaced Rashford) – 6
    Full of energy as always.

    NEMANJA MATIC (replaced Pogba) – 6
    Fired a vicious effort toward goal which deflected wide seconds after coming on.

    JADON SANCHO (replaced Fernandes) – 5
    Not enough time to make an impact.

    DONNY VAN DE BEEK (replaced Mctominay) – 5
    Nearly scored the winner at the death but saw his effort blocked.

  • Kealan Hughes

    VARANE UPDATE

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Raphael Varane suffered a hamstring injury in the first half against Atalanta.

    The Frenchman was taken off as a precaution in the first half, having only returned from injury against Tottenham on Saturday.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'WE NEED TO IMPROVE'

    Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken after he once again came to Manchester United's rescue in Europe.

    CR7 scored twice – including a last-minute equaliser – to ensure his team remain top of Group F.

    After the match he told BT Sport: "It was a difficult game. But we believe until the end. I'm so happy.

    "We knew Atalanta would pressure us, they're always difficult to play against.

    "We defended well and got a bit of lucky with my goal but this is football.

    "We still have to improve, in my opinion we have time to improve and be better.

  • Kealan Hughes

    RONALDOOOOO 2-2!!

    HE'S DONE IT AGAIN!

    A wonderful volley from outside the box from Cristiano Ronaldo finds the bottom corner. Manchester United have secured a point.

    CR7 now has 139 Champions League goals – and nine goals in all competitions since his return to United.

  • Kealan Hughes

    SCHOL-BOY ERRORS

    Paul Scholes claimed Paul Pogba was lucky to stay on the field for the second half against Atalanta.

    The Frenchman started in Italy alongside Scott McTominay, but was not at his brilliant best.

    Having given the ball away several times and being guilty of some wayward passing, Pogba had a 45 minutes to forget.

    And nobody knows that more than Old Trafford legend Scholes, one of the finest midfielders in Premier League history.

    He said on BT Sport: “United have been sloppy at times.

    “There have been a lot of mistakes in that half, I don’t think Paul Pogba will be particularly enthralled by his performance.

    “He’s given the ball away a lot and that goal has maybe made him survive into the second half.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    GOAL 2-1 ATALANTA!

    Duvan Zapata puts the home side back in front after beating the offside trap – but only just!

    Harry Maguire can't stop the striker who has the easy task of lifting the ball over David De Gea.

  • Kealan Hughes

    VAR REAL?

    Raphael Varane has suffered ANOTHER injury blow as the Manchester United defender was forced off at Atalanta.

    The Frenchman limped off after just 38 minutes in Italy with United 1-0 down as Mason Greenwood came on in replacement.

    It mounts more frustration for Varane, who has already missed five games with injury this season.

    He did return to United's backline for their 3-0 win at Tottenham on Sunday, which eased the pressure off manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    But Varane faces another setback after being forced off as he went down off the ball, just before Cristiano Ronaldo equalised.

    The defender arrived from Real Madrid this summer for £42million, but has so far made just nine appearances.

  • Kealan Hughes

    GOAL! 1-1!

    Cristiano Ronaldo strikes again!

    Manchester United cut Atalanta apart with a brilliant passing move – Bruno Fernandes backheels into Ronaldo's path and he's not going to miss from there.

    SIIIIIUUUUU!

  • Kealan Hughes

    SUB

    An early substitute from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Mason Greenwood replacing Raphael Varane.

    That means Manchester United go back to their familiar 4-3-3 formation with Greenwood playing right-wing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford in attack.

  • Kealan Hughes

    'WE NEED TO START BETTER'

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned Manchester United ‘can’t expect’ to complete another epic comeback against Atalanta, so they ‘need to start better’…that hasn't gone according to plan.

    He told MUTV: "Our fans were unbelievable, but we need to start better, be hardworking and humble as we were against Tottenham.

    "With the players we’ve got we’re always going to create chances and hopefully score goals.

    "We’re hoping to see the best of Marcus (Rashord) and Paul (Pogba).

    "I thought Marcus was very good vs Atalanta at Old Trafford. He caused problems with his dynamism and runs in behind.

    "Of course, Paul can create chances and we hope to see the best of him too."

  • Kealan Hughes

    GOAL!

    Atalanta have taken the lead in the 12th minute!

    David De Gea has had a mare with Josip Illicic firing the home team in front despite shooting straight at the Spaniard.

    VAR was consulted to check a possible offside with a player blocking De Gea's view, but the goal stands!

  • Kealan Hughes

    BOO-NALDO

    Cristiano Ronaldo was booed by Atalanta fans as he entered the pitch ahead of Manchester United's Champions League clash at the Geewiss Stadium, according to the Express.

    Having scored four goals in just seven games against the Bergamo-based outfit, fans will not be looking forward to the Portugal star facing their side.

    CR7 scored the winner against Atalanta in Manchester United's last Champions League outing at Old Trafford two weeks ago, with his side winning 3-2 after being 2-0 down.

    And in the return fixture in Bergamo on Tuesday night, the Portugal star was booed on his first return to Italy since he left Juventus in the summer.

  • Kealan Hughes

    WRONGS WRIGHTED

    Ian Wright admits he strongly disliked Roy Keane and was hurt by his fierce rival's jibe over 'losers' medals'.

    Wrighty has revealed the mutual hostility extended off the pitch.

    But he says as pundits the two have become mates – with Keane an 'honest man' the former England striker can discuss 'serious things' with.

    Wright said: “I see him as my friend now, but like I say, when we played I didn’t like him. I didn’t like him at all.

    "I remember when I won my Premier League medal, when the camera came in I remember saying 'Roy Keane winners medal' because Roy Keane one time said to me ‘Wrighty, you’ve got a cabinet full of losers medals!'

    “It’s the kind of comment I would have said to him if the shoe was on the other foot.

    "But when he said it, it hurts you but I was laughing deep down because it’s a killer, it finishes you, bam.

    “Even when I reminded him, he said 'nah I didn’t say that’. I said, ‘Roy, it’s not something you forget!'"

  • Kealan Hughes

    'I WOULDN'T COMMIT'

    Rio Ferdinand says if he was Paul Pogba he would not be signing a new Manchester United contract right now.

    The Frenchman is out of contract at the end of the season and remains linked with a move away from Old Trafford with the likes of Juventus, PSG and Real Madrid linked.

    Speaking on his YouTube channel, former Red Devil Ferdinand said: "I wouldn’t commit if I was him. I’ve got to be honest, I wouldn’t.

    "The biggest thing for me is that when Pogba leaves this football club, which he is going to at some point here, if it’s this summer he leaves this summer, people will go, “Oh, he was a failure. He was this, he was that.”

    "But I would say that it’s been a failure of the club as well. Because when you see him for France, what he does for France, you can’t tell me it’s not there.

    "So when you spend the money you spent on someone like that you build around him and you put the team in a position that he’s going to actually be able to produce his best football.

    "I don’t think that any manager has been able to unlock him in a red shirt in the Man United team."

  • Kealan Hughes

    TEAM NEWS

    Ole Gunnar Solskajer has stuck with a back five as he aims to make it three wins from four in the Champions League group stage.

    Paul Pogba returns to midfield, with Marcus Rashford also making his first start of the season – and his first since shoulder surgery in the summer.

    Eric Bailly is included in defence with Victor Lindelof absent through injury, and Cristiano Ronaldo starts once again in Europe.

  • Kealan Hughes

    INJURY UPDATE

    Sweden have confirmed that Victor Lindelof sustained just a 'minor injury' in Manchester United training.

    Lindelof made Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's starting line-up for United's 3-0 win against Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday, however, he was a notable omission from the Reds' travelling squad for Tuesday's game versus Atalanta.

    Sweden manager Janne Andersson has now confirmed that before also revealing that Lindelof sustained just a 'minor' knock.

    He told Fotbollskanalen: "I talked to Victor yesterday. He was not worried. It's a minor injury.

    "There we are and then you never know. But he was not worried in that way so that conversation felt good."

  • Kealan Hughes

    'I WOULD BE OFF'

    Rio Ferdinand has urged rumoured Newcastle United target, Donny van de Beek, to leave Manchester United, as he told his own YouTube channel.

    He said: "If I am Donny van de Beek, then I am off. There’s no talking to me. Don’t chat.

    "I love Donny because he is a humble kid.

    "But, I have got to be honest, if I was looking after him, then he wouldn’t be there now. He would have been gone."

  • Kealan Hughes

    'TOUGH GAME'

    Michael Owen has suggested that it would be an “excellent result” if Manchester United draw against Atalanta on Tuesday night.

    "That was a huge, potentially season-saving win for United on Saturday.

    "I thought the change of shape worked really well and the strike duo of Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo caused lots of problems.

    “This will be a tough game for them though and a point would be an excellent result. I’m going for 1-1."

  • Kealan Hughes

    'SANCHO DOESN'T FIT'

    Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has explained why Jadon Sancho will be ‘worried’ at Manchester United as he looks to spark his Old Trafford career to life.

    Sancho has largely underwhelmed at the Theatre of Dreams since completing a £73m move from Borussia Dortmund over the summer.

    He told Football Insider: "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played it very well against Spurs.

    "They overran the midfield. The problem is, Jadon Sancho does not fit into that system.

    "I cannot see Ole playing that system every week though. It was a tactical switch-up that they had clearly worked on in the week. They stumbled on a result and a performance.

    "But if they stick with that system then Sancho is in trouble. Where would he play? He’s not going to play very often if it’s the case.

    "I don’t think Manchester United will play that system every week but I’m sure Sancho is worried they will."

  • Kealan Hughes

    RONBELIEVABLE

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has described some of the criticism aimed at Cristiano Ronaldo this season as 'blasphemy' and a 'disgrace'.

    Ferdinand has defended the Portugal international when speaking on his FIVE YouTube channel.

    He said: "I’ve heard some talk and the only way I can explain it, is it’s blasphemy, when I heard some people talking about Ronaldo’s the reason why Man Utd aren’t going to be a success.

    "Ronaldo turning up at Man Utd, and yeah it’s great, but he’s going to be the reason why they don’t do anything.

    "Listen, I’ve been seeing too much of it, don’t talk like that. Please, it’s a disgrace. Absolute disrespect.

    “A player that’s done what he’s done in the game, a superstar of any generation, he’ll be one of the best players in any generation you can think about, and even again he just told people at the weekend what he’s about here… pressure’s on [and] he scores.

    "To think that because he doesn’t press, because he doesn’t run as much as other people… that’s not what he’s there for.

    “You play to people’s strengths sometimes, you can do that when you’ve got a superstar in your team sometimes for certain clubs.”

  • Kealan Hughes

    CONT THEM UP 

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the only manager currently at one of the 'Big Six' Premier League teams not to have won a major trophy.

    Antonio Conte's appointment at Spurs means Solskjaer is the only boss who has failed to win the Premier League, Champions League or FA Cup.

    The 48-year-old's last trophy as head coach was the Norwegian Cup with Molde all the way back in 2013.

    And the Red Devils look like facing an uphill battle just to qualify for the top four this campaign – let alone win the title.

  • Kealan Hughes

    RON DIRECTION

    Former Premier League striker Chris Sutton has warned Manchester United not to become over-reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo after he bailed the Reds out of their last two Champions League matches.

    He wrote in the Mail: "Late winners from your golden boy are good but they cannot always rely on Ronaldo to keep them in the Champions League.

    "They have to do it together, as a team.

    "Cristiano Ronaldo may not press but he is pretty good at sprinting when there is a breakaway which needs burying, and Edinson Cavani is a workhorse.

    "The strike partnership, with a combined age of 70, worked to perfection against Tottenham, although Marcus Rashford could easily substitute in for Cavani if needed.

    "United can set out their stall, like they did against Tottenham, and look to do damage on the counter. They have got the players to play that way.

    "We know how Solskjaer loves to dish out history lessons whenever he is talking to the media — forever talking about their 'DNA' and 'identity' and how a club like United should be attacking opponents at will.

    "But it is when United are the ones being attacked that they can seem more suited to winning a game of football."

  • The Sun

    POSSIBLE LINE-UP…

    SunSport has predicted Man Utd's likely line-up against Atalanta in the Champions League tonight, with just one change from Saturday's 3-0 win over Spurs.

    With Victor Lindelof out injured, it is likely that either Eric Bailly or Luke Shaw will come in to fill the void, with SunSport predicting that Bailly will be trusted to plug the gap.

    Fred and McTominay will almost certainly keep their place alongside Bruno Fernandes in midfield, meaning Paul Pogba will have to watch on from the bench.

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani are predicted to start up front together, leaving Solskjaer's trusted trio from last season of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood also all on the bench.

    Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka should start, with Alex Telles and Diogo Dalot dutifully waiting in the wings for an opportunity to prove their worth, alongside Jadon Sancho and Donny van de Beek.

    David De Gea is also predicted to keep his place in goal, despite Dean Henderson returning to full fitness and being available for selection.

  • The Sun

    A BARELLA LAUGHS

    One player that Antonio Conte would be keen to take to Spurs with him from his time at Inter Milan would be Italy international Nicolo Barella, according to reports.

    But the 24-year-old is not interested in joining Spurs, having had ambitions of joining Conte at Man Utd when he was linked as a potential replacement for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    But after United's 3-0 win over Spurs strengthened Solskjaer's position as boss at Old Trafford, any hope of Barella joining Conte at the Theatre of Dreams quickly vanished.

    Inter are keen to tie Barella down to a new deal at the San Siro, who joined the club under Conte's leadership in 2019.

    The Italian club reportedly value him at £58m, but with Conte now as Spurs, Barella staying put now looks to be the most likely outcome.

    Credit: Sportphoto24/EPhotopress
  • The Sun

    CONTRACT REBEL

    According to reports, Ousmane Dembele has delayed contract talks with Barcelona amid interest from Man Utd, Chelsea and Juventus.

    The Frenchman's contract at the Nou Camp is due to expire at the end of this season and the club are keen to tie him down to a new deal.

    But Dembele and his team have put a hold on talks in order to scope out prospective offers from the interested clubs.

    Dembele's priority is to remain with the Spanish giants, but he and his team are keen to see what other options are available.

    The injury-hit Frenchman has never really hit his best form for Barcelona, having signed for £138m from Borussia Dortmund in 2017.

    And to lose him on a free in the summer would be disastrous for Barca, with Dembele having only managed 81 league games in his four years at the club.

    Credit: Reuters

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