Man Utd boss Solskjaer tables complaint and provides Raphael Varane injury update

Atalanta v Manchester United: Match in Pictures

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt Atalanta’s second goal of the evening was offside even though VAR drew the lines which showed that Harry Maguire was playing Duvan Zapata on.

United fell behind when David De Gea spilt Josip Ilcic’s 12th-minute shot into the net but they levelled after Cristiano Ronaldo latched onto Bruno Fernandes’ clever backheel to fire home.

Zapata broke through on goal just before the hour mark to give the hosts a well-deserved lead.

But Ronaldo once again came to United’s aid with a stunning injury-time equaliser which earned his side a share of the points.

Despite the dramatic ending to the game, Solskjaer felt his team could have stolen all three points.

“It’s a tight game,” he said. “Their goals were tight, we were hoping for offside but Cristiano is just incredible that’s what he does if there’s anyone you want the chance to fall to, in the last minute he keeps his eye on the ball and his technique was incredible.”

United’s draw was marred by Raphael Varane limping off injured and he is now a doubt for Saturday’s Manchester derby.

“Varane felt his hamstring and you can’t take any risks and he’s been such a calming influence for us and it’s a shame,” Solskjaer explained.

“The quality wasn’t there. Eric Bailey blocked a fantastic chance and if you make a mistake make up for it and the character was spot on and they kept going and never gave up.”

On De Gea’s mistake, Solskjaer said: “You don’t plan to concede a goal I think it’s offside because he’s in De Gea’s view and normally he’d save that one.

“You’re at a difficult place and they’re a very difficult and aggressive side who’s hard to play against.”

Ronaldo fired a warning to his team-mates after the match telling them that they have to improve.

“We still have to improve,” Ronaldo said. “We have different players and different systems.

“We have to adapt but it will take time. We have time to improve.”

He added: “It was a difficult game. I know that when we play Atalanta it’s difficult and we believe until the end that I will help my team get the three points and I’m so happy.

“We never give up and believe until the end. It’s a good result for us I think.”

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