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A Disappointing Start, But A Brilliant Finish For Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Men

Because of the goals surrendered by Manchester United today, they have now failed to keep a clean sheet in 12 straight home games in all competitions, a streak that dates back to February 1964 and is the longest in club history (13).

In the UEFA Champions League until date, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had the highest loss % of any manager to lead an English team in more than ten matches, having taken command of 12 matches and losing seven of them. The loss to Atlanta today brings the total up to nine.

The Red Devils opened the game in a sluggish and uninspired way, with little urgency or belief in their ability to score goals. Former Chelsea player Zappacosta provided an exquisite pass to Paali in the 15th minute, giving Atlanta the lead for the first time.

After scoring the first goal for Atlanta, Paali celebrates with his teammates.

In the 29th minute, a cross from Koopmeiners was met by Demiral, who is on loan from Juventus. The Italians went on to score a second goal. In failing to man mark the defender, who nodded the ball in from close range, Harry Maguire was penalized.

Manchester United came within a whisker of tying the game in the 42nd minute, but Marcus Rashford failed to convert his opportunities after being placed through on goal.

When the game resumed in the second half, United came out firing and came close to scoring early on, but a Ronaldo shot was brilliantly blocked by the Atlanta goalie. Bruno Fernandes sent an incredible pass to Rashford, who made no mistake from a tight angle to get the deficit down to one point for Chelsea. With the goal, the United players regained their confidence, and they were able to score a second goal in the 75th minute through Harry Maguire.

Cristiano Ronaldo's spectacular header in the 81st minute sent Old Trafford into a frenzy as Manchester United took the lead for the first time in the game.

Despite the fact that United had a terrible first half, Solskjaer should be commended for his great substitute in the second half. As a result of the result, the red devils are currently in first place in Group F.


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