Manchester United will aim to bounce back from a string of disappointing results when they take on Atalanta BC in Champions League action on Wednesday at Old Trafford.
Manchester United has been below par in recent results as they have picked up just one point from their last three Premier League games, coming from a 1-1 draw with Everton after a loss at home to Aston Villa at the end of September and Saturday’s dramatic 4-2 defeat at Leicester City. The Red Devils have also struggled in the champions league needing a 95th-minute winner from Cristiano Ronaldo against Villareal to give them their first champions league win of the season. Defensive frailties have seen them with just one clean sheet in 19 games. With pressure building, Ole Gunner Solskjaer will be desperate for a positive result here and perhaps regain some momentum to utilize in both competitions. Raphael Varane, Anthony Martial, and Amad Diallo are unavailable. Defender Aaron Wan Bissaka will return to the starting 11 after serving his suspension.
Atalanta has made an impressive start to the 2021-22 UEFA Champions League, they are the only unbeaten team in Group F with a win and a draw. They struggled with last year’s Europa League winners Villareal for a 2-2 draw before a hard-fought 1-0 win over Young Boys. Atalanta are on the back of a convincing 4-1 win against Empoli, with a Josip Ilicic brace, an own goal, and a neat Daniel Zapata finish moving Gian Piero Gasperini’s team up to sixth in Serie A standings. Defenders Hans Hateboer and Robin Gosens are ruled out through injury which could see Davide Zappacosta and Joakim Maehle look set to start in the two wing-back slots. Matteo Pessina and Berat Djimsiti are also unavailable through injuries.
Manchester United has lost seven of their last 12 Champions League games under Solskajer. Their home record has been poor with just one win in their last four games on home ground. Atalanta has been a high-scoring side with over 2.5 goals in five in their last seven games. Given United’s defensive problems, we are backing a BTTS here.
ACCUMULATOR TIP: MAN UTD 1 OR OVER 2.5