Cristiano Ronaldo was the hero of the night once again as Manchester United twice came from behind to draw 2-2 away to Atalanta on Tuesday evening.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made three changes for the match. Eric Bailly replaced injured Victor Lindelof in defence as the Red Devils stuck with the back three that helped see off Tottenham on Saturday.
Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford replaced Fred and Edinson Cavani in the other alterations to that side.
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Scott McTominay saw an early shot deflected onto a post but Atalanta struck the first blow in Bergamo.
Atalanta brought the ball out from the back and Duvan Zapata was played in behind, with the striker keeping his cool and crossing for Josip Ilicic to hit a low, first-time strike that squirmed underneath goalkeeper David De Gea in the 12th minute.
Bailly had to produce a huge block to deny Zapata following some ponderous Pogba play, before United moved to a back four after Raphael Varane went down injured. Mason Greenwood replaced the centre-back.
United levelled in first-half stoppage time as an outstanding team move ended with Greenwood superbly playing in Fernandes, whose brilliant backheel teed-up Ronaldo to fire home.
Greenwood struck a post after narrowly straying offside, before the assistant referee’s flag cut short Zapata’s celebrations after he skipped a Harry Maguire challenge and turned the ball past De Gea.
Tension inside the Gewiss Stadium turned to elation as the offside call was overturned by the VAR after a lengthy review.
Ronaldo got United out of jail again in stoppage time as the veteran forward struck a superb low effort past Juan Musso.
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