Cristiano Ronaldo rescued Manchester United in the Champions League yet again as his injury-time equaliser gave them a little-deserved 2-2 draw at Atalanta.
United’s fond memories of their 3-0 win at Tottenham on Saturday were banished inside 12 minutes when Josip Ilicic fired Atalanta ahead from Duvan Zapata’s cross, with help from David De Gea’s fumble of the Slovenian’s relatively straightforward effort.
A fine one-touch move pulled United level at the end of a familiarly uninspiring first half when Bruno Fernandes’ perfect backheel teed up Ronaldo to take a touch and beat Juan Musso from eight yards.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side came out looking sharper after the break but found themselves behind again 11 minutes into the second period.
Jose Palomino’s ball in behind caught out the United defence and found Zapata just onside, but after beating De Gea at his near post, he was made to wait more than two minutes for a VAR review to overturn the linesman’s initial raised flag.
United pushed but could not find a way to test Musso until more Ronaldo magic in injury time saw the veteran find the bottom corner with a first-time 20-yard effort, for the fifth point he has earned his side in the competition from four games.
More to follow…
Manchester United are back on Sky Sports in a huge match-up with Manchester City on Saturday from 12pm; Kick-off at 12.30pm.
Atalanta travel to bottom side Cagliari in their next match in Serie A on Saturday; Kick-off at 7.45pm.