Man Utd came from behind to take control of their Champions League group with an exhilarating 3-2 victory over Atalanta at Old Trafford.
The hosts started brightly, moving the ball with a purpose which belied the nature of their weekend defeat Leicester. Marcus Rashford, whose goalscoring return at the King Power Stadium was rewarded with a starting berth, was sent through inside two minutes after a lovely sweeping move.
However, United were sucker-punched just 14 minutes in. A quick free-kick from Atalanta sent Davide Zappacosta into a dangerous area inside the penalty area and his cut-back was tapped home by Mario Pasalic.
Gian Piero Gasperini’s side then doubled their advantage 13 minutes later. Teun Koopmeiners whipped a delicious corner into the area before Merih Demiral brushed off the attentions of Scott McTominay to power his header beyond David de Gea.
There were audible jeers from the Old Trafford crowd as United struggled to come to terms with scoreline. Fred and Rashford then both spurned glorious chances before the interval.
Predictably, the home side came out in the second half with renewed vigour, and they were rewarded in the 52nd minute when Bruno Fernandes found Rashford with a clever round-the-corner pass and the England international stroked his effort beyond Juan Musso.
Scott McTominay then came within inches of levelling the contest when he struck the post, before United’s pressure paid off 15 minutes from time when Harry Maguire slammed home at the back post following Fernandes’ cross.
And Solskjaer’s side weren’t done there. In similar vein to his late winner against Villarreal in the previous matchday, Cristiano Ronaldo bulleted Man Utd ahead from Luke Shaw’s cross nine minutes from time to spark scenes of jubilation inside Old Trafford.