Manchester United produced a stirring comeback to beat Atalanta in another frenetic Champions League night at Old Trafford.
United’s winner was scored by the outstanding Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo was one of United’s best players on the night, but the performance was far from perfect.
Here is a look at four players who have to improve despite the victory…
Bruno Fernandes had a terrible first 40 minutes, before finding his passing range at the end of the first half.
Fernandes ended the game with an assist and could have had several more.
He deserves credit for turning his game around, but it should not have been so bad in the first place.
Fernandes acknowledged his errors, telling The Athletic: “You have to take a risk. Maybe not as many as I did in first half when I missed many passes.”
Fortunately United were only 2-0 down by time Fernandes got his act together. Liverpool may be more ruthless at the weekend.
Another player to come out of the game with credit due to his assist for Cristiano Ronaldo’s winner.
But defensively Shaw continues to cause concerns, as he has done during the opening few weeks of the season.
Shaw was nowhere to be seen for Atalanta’s cross for the opener down his side, and then he was outjumped for the visitor’s second goal.
The assist may lift his confidence, but he needs to do his job at both ends, especially with Alex Telles waiting in the wings.
One moment in the second half encapsulated Victor Lindelof’s struggles at Manchester United since he joined in 2017.
Duvan Zapata was able to outmuscle and turn him too easily and then fire in a shot at goal.
Too often Lindelof is the weak link physically in United’s defence and he did little to change this view last night.
This is a great chance for him to step up with Raphael Varane out with injury. Right now it does not feel like he is seizing the opportunity.
It was a very disappointing performance from Mason Greenwood, who at times seems like more of an individual than a team player.
Greenwood had no shots at goal, and created no chances, struggling to get into the game.
United’s attack looked more fluid when he was substituted and there is a fair chance he is dropped this weekend against Liverpool.
Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to be getting a little agitated with the youngster at times, and while Greenwood’s confidence is great, on occasions he would be better off deferring to the number 7 and following his instructions.
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