Manchester United came from 2-0 down at half-time to beat Atalanta 3-2 and went top of Group F in the Champions League thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo winner.

The boos rang around Old Trafford at half-time with the Bergamo-based club in control after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side squandered some glorious chances.

But it proved to be another special night under the lights at the Theatre of Dreams as United showed their true fighting spirit and overcame a stern examination from the Italian side.

Here were United’s three best players from the clash…

Fred

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After missing the crushing defeat at the King Power Stadium at the weekend, Solskjaer went back to his tried and trusted midfield pairing of Fred and Scott McTominay.

The Brazilian midfielder may not the most glamorous of names in the starting line-up, but he was hassling and harrying Atalanta when they were in possession.

Our number 17 also ventured forward and had some great chances in the first half, going close on two occasions.

With our tails up after Marcus Rashford brought us back into the game, Fred ensured that he maintained his protective screen in front of the back which allowed our more creative players to go and influence the game.

Hopefully his withdrawal towards the end of the game was only a precaution and he’ll be fit for the big game against Liverpool on Sunday.

 

Marcus Rashford

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Our number 10 could have had a hat-trick, but his importance to the United side was only emphasised even further tonight as he took his tally to two in two games.

His runs in-behind, off the touchline are a nightmare for defenders because they’re constantly looking over their shoulder, not knowing when he’s going to make the run.

Despite missing some big chances, Rashford showed great composure to get us back in the game with a tidy finish following a great pass from Bruno Fernandes.

After being brought off after 66 minutes, the 23-year-old’s influential display will surely mean he’s a starter against Jurgen Klopp’s side on Sunday.

Cristiano Ronaldo

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There was only going to be one matchwinner wasn’t there, fresh after Lionel Messi dragging his Paris Saint Germain team over the line, Ronaldo did just the same for United.

For all of the concerns surrounding the 36-year-old’s work rate and ability to press from the front, just like all the way through his career, when Ronaldo is questioned or written off, he comes up with an answer.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was desperate to pull his team to victory and there were times he was filling in at left-back and he was the man to make a crucial clearance in the dying seconds.

With the pressure on Solskjaer and his coaching staff building, Ronaldo and his teammates showed the togetherness and fighting qualities in this group.

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