Manchester United and Atlético meet in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg on Tuesday.
United were second best for much of the first leg but somehow left Madrid with parity. Diego Simeone’s side made a turbo-charged start and were ahead just seven minutes in thanks to João Félix’s thumping header. Šime Vrsaljko hit the bar as looked to capitalise on their dominance, but United clung on and were level late on thanks to 19-year-old substitute Anthony Elanga’s cool finish. Antoine Griezmann was then denied by the woodwork to compound the hosts’ frustrations.
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Varane, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Elanga, Fernandes, Sancho; Ronaldo
Atlético: Oblak; Savić, Giménez, Reinildo; Llorente, Herrera, Koke, De Paul, Lodi; João Félix, Griezmann
What the coaches say
Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United manager: “Atlético don’t mind the opposition having the ball. They have had less than 50% possession in their last league games. We are aware of that. It would be important to score the first goal ourselves. It’s very important not to concede first. We are aware of that: we want to try not to concede at all if possible, but it will be important to score the first goal ourselves.”
Diego Simeone, Atlético coach: “I imagine a dynamic game, at times alternating in pressure – what usually happens in a stadium like this. We will also have our counterattack to take advantage of any mistakes they make. They have a counterattack too, which is one of their best weapons.”
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