Coming off their first Premier League victory in over a month, winning 3-0 away to Spurs, Manchester United and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to keep the momentum going as they going into the second round of fixtures in the Champions League group stage, where they will be travelling to Italy to face Atalanta in a crucial group fixture.
As things stand in the group, Man Utd are currently top on six points out of a possible nine, with Villarreal and Atalanta both on four points, with Young Boys sitting bottom with three points.
In the last game against Atalanta at Old Trafford two weeks ago the game was not short of action, Atalanta took a two goal lead in the first half with goals from Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral giving the visitors a strong lead going into the break, however, Man Utd went up in gears in the second half, with goals from Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire setting up a late Cristiano Ronaldo winner under the lights at Old Trafford.
Since that game Atalanta has drawn twice and won once, whilst Man Utd have had a whirlwind of emotions since that game, losing 5-0 at home to Liverpool but bouncing back and beating Spurs 3-0 away from home.
At the weekend against Spurs, Solskjaer changed up his formation for the first time this season, switching to a 5-3-2, leaving the likes of Greenwood, Sancho and Rashford on the bench, meaning if he keeps the system the same against Atalanta to prioritise defensive stability, at least one of the three will be on the bench again.
Against Atalanta, Solskjaer might have to go more defensive because in the last game, despite Man Utd having the momentum in the second half, Atalanta were easily able to cut through the United team many times, however, with Raphael Varane back from injury, his class alone maybe enough to stabilise the defence against a very attacking Atalanta side.
Atalanta had many crucial injuries in their visit to Old Trafford two weeks ago, their situation is still the same, they are without two key central defenders in Rafael Toloi and Berat Djimsiti, they are also without two players who starred at the euros for their respective countires in Robin Gosens and Matteo Pessina whilst also being without right wing back Hans Hateboer.
On the United side, Victor Lindelof has been confirmed to not be travelling to Italy after picking up an injury in training, with the rest of the squad fit and have travelled to Italy to face Atalanta.