Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the manager  Manchester United, has revealed a message he gave his players before their match against Atalanta in Champions League group stage play.

To motivate them for this crucial game and stop any complacency after Saturday’s Premier League loss at Leicester City, where they trailed 2-0 by halftime, when things seemed bleakest – it was then that Ole decided what would be best.

“I told [the team] ‘we will always believe.'” And sure enough. Manchester United scored twice in the second half to provide the 3-2 result they needed in the Champions League knockout round.

The United boss said that: “The players are playing for him; they know they’re lucky. The team isn’t just about one man or a few stars in this league but all 11 men on the field together to help their teammates achieve success against opponents no matter what position each player plays. Because every single person deserves an opportunity to be successful if they put forth hard work and dedication, that’s why he told them, “You can be.”

The team’s worth was demonstrated by the effect made by substitutes off the bench, and this camaraderie can pay off as the season goes. 

Ole recognized how lucky he was to have such quality at his disposal, instilling in them a necessity for being prepared come game time with what many players don’t get an opportunity or two shots before coming out. Ultimately from playing any more roles on the court- including relief pitcher who has been called upon heavily during Euroleague action this term – something happened in his career.

“I’ve mentioned many times that I’m very fortunate to have the group and depth of the squad,” he said during his news conference.

The Game

Manchester United scored a second-half treble in front of the raucous Stretford End to overcome Atalanta 3-2 at Old Trafford.

The Reds had terrible first half as they sought their 2nd Champions League home win, downsizing Villarreal last month by an incredible margin (2). 

In the first half, Atalanta took control as United fell behind 2-0 after 29 minutes with a goal from Mario Pasalic and Merit Demiral.

After a fantastic first half, the hosts returned in a thrilling second-half fightback on another amazing European night. Marcus Rashford and skipper Harry Maguire scored to bring us level before Cristiano Ronaldo sealed his brace with just over 20 minutes left for our 2nd consecutive win at Old Trafford this season!

First, half Atlanta outshines Man United

Rashford was a thorn in Atlanta’s side in the first half, shooting wide when he was through on goal just three minutes into his return from suspension. His presence had been missed despite Atalanta looking dangerous themselves- they enjoyed most of the possession and made it pay with only 15 minutes gone by following Davide Zappacosta crossing for Pasalic to stab home an own goal inside Stretford End Stadium. 

With their fans in tow, the Serie A side took advantage of some United mistakes to victory at Old Trafford. Fred reacted after an offside decision against them, and keeper Juan Musso blocked his shot on goal. Atalanta scored two quick goals before halftime – one with power from a distance by Demiral, which hit defender Maguire’s head before going into the goal. At the same time, another came when Luke Shaw fell over just seconds later following a collision with Mattie Destro.

At this point, you might think Manchester United has all but given up hope for any chance at winning since they’ve had more possession than their opponents so far during the game, only to see them bounce back.

United struggled visibly to get over the shock, and it wasn’t until Fred struck a decent chance wide in the 44th minute that United offered a credible response. Rashford crashed an opportunity against the bar after a rare lapse at defense from the visitors’ side!

Second half-Comeback

United fans were hollering for an instant response after the break. But it would be two minutes before they got what they wanted, as Ronaldo whizzed past his marker and lanced a strike at goal only to see Atalanta No 1 Musso defiantly block away from our striker’s efforts; with this brilliant save!

As if that wasn’t enough, though (and who could blame him?), United found themselves on level terms shortly afterward, thanks to some superior footballing skills from Bruno Fernandes – which made all of their collective labors worthwhile.

The Reds were at their best as they produced a high-tempo response to the Italians, who were on edge from Ronaldo and Shaw. Substitute Matteo Lovato earned himself an early dismissal in just three minutes while midfielder Pasalic had no choice but to call up Gideon Zeebo for assistance two more times 

As Atalanta searched for an equalizer, Paul Pogba and Edinson Cavani replaced McTominay and Rashford to give United more attacking power. But the French duo would not be enough as David De Gea repelled two blockbusters from substitutes Duvan Zapata or Ruslan Malinovskyi with ease, denying Juventus their Serie A title yet again!

The Spaniard’s double save set the stage for United to respond with a much-needed goal from captain Maguire. Fernandes swung in an inch-perfect right-wing cross that beat everyone, including Cavani, who got just enough of touch at his back post but was powerless against Shaw’s delivery into Ronaldo’s path. 

As if this script wasn’t already richly complex enough, thanks to all its twists and turns with the help of ilmaiskierroksia ilman talletusta throughout gameplay. There are still more surprises waiting in Old Trafford this season because they are much stronger than before.


United’s next game is against Liverpool, with the Spurs and City games coming before another international break. No one knows where they will go after this match, but it won’t be forgotten as United faced off against Atlanta for what most would say was their biggest win ever!