“The first half we conceded two bad goals. Two big moments in the game. For the first, they caught us out, and then the second, it is a set-play that we shouldn’t be conceding,” Harry Maguire told BT Sport.
“We created a lot of chances in the first half so we knew at half-time that the next goal would be crucial. We got the goals we needed and deserved and I think we deserved the win in the end. Yes, we made it difficult but it is a tremendous victory in the end.
“I had eyes on it all the way [Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal]. I was right behind him. His leap, his timing, it was perfect right in the corner. We see it day in, day out in training and in the goals he has scored throughout his career. He has come up with a massive goal for us again in the Champions League.
“It is normally with my head [that he scores]. I have not managed to put one away. It is my first goal for the season and the Champions League. A proud moment with my family here.”
“We were two goals down and we need to sharpen up with that. But we had plenty of chances. I think Marcus [Rashford] had two one-on-ones in the first half. We are working hard to be more solid but it is about winning and the last three or four games we have conceded too many set-pieces.
“It is fine margins but we need to do better. We showed great togetherness. We were clapped off at half-time by some of these fans and they gave us the belief we needed.”
It was a hard-fought victory for Man United as they went two goals down to Atalanta.
Fortunately, the Italian side was not much better defensively than United, so their firepower finally had an impact in the second half, with Ronaldo scoring the winner yet again.