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5 Key Things Learned From Manchester United 1-0 Defeat Against Athletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid defeated Manchester United 1-0 at Old Trafford to win the last-16 contest 2-1 on aggregate.

In this article, we are going to about five mistakes learned from the clash at the Theatre of Dreams.

  • When will Old Trafford next host a Champions League game

The Manchester United supporters generated an electrifying atmosphere, but Diego Simeone’s team silenced them as Renan Lodi headed home an Antoine Griezmann cross.

However, with the Reds’ exit from this year’s competition, it’s difficult to predict when they’ll be back in the Champions League.

When it comes to qualifying for next year’s elite club competition, Ralf Rangnick’s team is up against it. Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta is only a point ahead of United, but the Gunners have three games in hand.

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  • Rangnick makes bold calls

On Saturday, the German made three changes to the team that defeated Tottenham 3-2.

Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford began the game on the bench, with Bruno Fernandes and Anthony Elanga taking their places in the starting lineup.

Rangnick threw caution to the breeze and brought in Edinson Cavani to replace Fred as the game progressed and United was chasing the game.

  • Jan Oblak delivers big moments

The Atletico Madrid goalkeeper was beaten by Anthony Elanga’s scuffed effort, but Oblak made up for it in Manchester.

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The Slovenian’s contribution to Manchester United’s equalizer at the Wanda Metropolitano three weeks ago would have disappointed him.

For the second time in as many games, the Swedish under-21 international believed he had scored past Oblak, but the teenager’s shot deflected off his head.

Oblak saved Raphael Varane’s stunning header in the second half with an outstretched world class save.

  • Rare cameo for Juan Mata

Juan Mata was called from the bench after Rangnick had exhausted every feasible option.

It was the Spaniard’s first appearance since losing to Middlesbrough in an FA Cup penalty shootout last month.

In the latter stages, United lacked a defined shape and ideas on how to break down a resolute Atletico Madrid team.

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  • Another frustrating night for Rashford

Marcus Rashford would have been frustrated even before he took the field since Elanga was preferred over him.

However, when the academy graduate took the field, the number 10 put up yet another clumsy effort. He fumbled the ball and was unsure of himself; he couldn’t even get the fundamentals right.

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