Despite an aggressive summer recruitment drive that saw Jadon Sancho, Raphael Varane and Cristiano Ronaldo join a team who 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 boast the kind of individual talent to cause any team a problem on their day, although therein lies the issue.
Indeed, while there are big names in pretty much every position, there appears to be somewhat of a reliance on moments of brilliance in light of a convincing overall structure.
That particular criticism of the Ole Gunnar Solskjaer era could not offer more of a juxtaposition when compared to their European opposition. One of few success stories of Italian football in recent years, Atalanta are a thoroughly entertaining side capable of blowing teams apart under Gian Piero Gasperini and arrive in Manchester with some recent Champions League pedigree.
Narrowly beaten quarter-finalists in 2020, they lead the way in Group F and could extend their one-point advantage to a healthy four with a win over an out-of-sorts United.
Date, kick-off time and venue
Manchester United vs Atalanta is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off on Wednesday October 20, 2021.
Where to watch Man United vs Atalanta
TV channel: The match will be televised live on BT Sport 2.
Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will also be able to watch the match online via 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 which led to his three-game suspension being reduced to two.
South American pair Fred and Edinson Cavani, meanwhile, could also feature after having missed the recent loss to Leicester following their involvements for Brazil and Uruguay respectively over the international break.
Harry Maguire may be in line for a rest having been rushed back for Saturday’s loss, potentially pairing Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof together.
Man United vs Atalanta prediction
Given the attacking make-up of both sides, it’s hard not to see either team scoring.
Head to head (h2h) history and results
The two clubs have never played before.