The Milan stopper had two crucial saves in the first half to stop Atalanta at their most dangerous and preserve a well-earned clean sheet.
M. De Sciglio
Quite an assured display at the back for the youngster, who gave Bonaventura an extremely tough time in their tussles out on the flanks. Did not affect things offensively as often as he would have liked, but his task today was primarily in his own half.
Never overly troubled by Raimondi on his flank, and though he was a tad suspect in the air, it still should not stain a solid showing. Did not allow substitute Moralez past him in the second half either.
The veteran defied his age with a gutsy showing to shut out Atalanta. Made some crucial tackles and was not at all afraid to throw his body on the line for the cause. Links with a move to the MLS may well be premature after today’s display.
Along with Nesta, he formed an authoritative partnership in the heart of the Rossoneri defence. Denis was able to wriggle free once or twice, but it was a minor blot on his performance.
Relatively unfussed in the middle, and executed his role with the veteran savvy that we have come to expect. Did not venture forward too often, instead preferring to support his teammates from deep. Broke up a few Atalanta attacks well, but ran out of steam in the second half and was replaced.
Did a tiny bit of everything today in a good all-round game. Tracked back well, was generally on point with his passing and kept going for the entire 90 minutes. Only his shooting let him down a touch, but he was still the glue that held the Milan midfield together.
Despite being left in acres of space, it has to be said that the Ghanaian took his goal with an air of confidence. He was drawn into a sense of complacency in a few moments during lulls in the game, which was evidenced by his wayward passing. However, he worked hard along with the rest of his midfield colleagues to control the game in the centre of the park, which ultimately was the key factor in Milan’s success.
Raced out of the blocks straight from kickoff and played like a man possessed. Had three great chances to open the scoring with the game barely six minutes old. He decided instead to turn provider, and set up the opener for Muntari with a well-timed cross that fooled the Atalanta defence into playing the offside trap. He did not last the full game though, as long periods of charging about finally told on his stamina, and he was brought off visibly fatigued in the second half.
As ever, the big Swede held the ball up well and utilized his strength to good effect. His shooting boots were left at home though, as he could have easily had at least a brace on another day. His late free kick was spilled, allowing Robinho to score the clincher.
A bit of a mixed bag from the Italian, who nevertheless continues to make an impressive recovery from his cardiovascular troubles. Showcased some lovely touches on the ball and always looked to get involved in the attack, adopting positions right across the front line. However, his end product lacked the cutting edge of games past, and he was substituted midway through the second half.
Was sold short by his defenders for the opening goal of the match, but did nothing wrong in almost all of the time that remained. However, a shoddy piece of handling at the death allowed Robinho to pounce.
Held his lines well out on the right and did not often allow the likes of Ibrahimovic or Antonini past him. Marshalled Cassano with authority on one potentially dangerous Milan attack and generally looked the part in defence, until his surprise withdrawal early in the second half.
Read the game well overall, save for a poor decision to initiate an offside trap on the opening goal by Muntari. Sat a little deeper than the rest of the back four, and swept up a few loose ends.
Had a difficult time marking Ibrahimovic when isolated with the Swede, although the same could be said of most of the defenders in the league. Gave it his all though, but was caught chasing shadows on more than one occasion.
A little lost for positioning at times with Boateng breathing down his neck, and looked to be a weak link after an unconvincing start to the game. However, he recovered well enough to cut out the mistakes and play his role at the back. Rarely had time to go forward though.
Got free out wide once or twice and was able to adopt a few dangerous positions that gave the Milan defence food for thought. However, his end product was not up to standard.
Saw a lot of the ball in the second half, but was unable to make any headway against De Sciglio out wide. Subbed near the hour mark after what can only be described as a frustrating outing against the youngster.
At times, his interplay in the centre looked the most likely source of a breakthrough for Atalanta. Some good passing and awareness laid on a few chances for his teammates, but his influence waned as the game wore on and the movement around him stopped.
Apart from one shot on the stroke of half time that was sent off target, he had a largely anonymous game in the middle, and always looked to be chasing shadows on the pitch. Boateng in particular was too much for him to handle.
Twice had chances to put his side ahead but both times was found wanting, as his finishing was no up to scratch. Won a few headers against Milan in long ball situations, but it just was not to be his day.
Apart from one or two nifty interchanges with Denis, his task up front was largely a fruitless one. Subbed late on after running out of energy and ideas.