Gian Piero Gasperini explains Cristiano Ronaldo’s conversation


Atalanta head coach Gian Piero Gasperini has revealed the details of his full-time match with Cristiano Ronaldo after Manchester United twice came from behind to draw their Champions League match on Tuesday.

The Portuguese legend struck in overtime in both halves in Bergamo to save a point for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team. They are second in Group F, level on points with Villarreal with matches against the La Liga club and Young Boys in the future.

This is not the first time Atalanta has been stung by Ronaldo either. The 36-year-old scored against them three times in Serie A during his time with Juventus and also netted twice in the Red Devils’ dramatic 3-2 victory over La Dea the previous match day.

“At the end of the match, I talked to Ronaldo,” said Gasperini. “He’s an incredible player, some even call him a problem.

“It’s a nice problem to have. He rarely comes from goal; half the time he scores, half the time it’s saved.

“I said to him, ‘Do you know what we say in Italy?’ Fuck off’.”

United’s consistency has been a big problem for Solskjaer so far this season. The 5-0 loss to Liverpool highlighted some notable problems, although they took the first steps to remedy that humiliation by beating Tottenham 3-0 on Saturday.

That loss caused the Spurs to jump off Nuno Espirito Santo and appoint Antonio Conte, who had been rumored to be a potential target for United if they chose to fire their Norwegian head coach.

That’s the small question of the Manchester derby next for United, who welcome City to Old Trafford on Saturday. A win for the hosts would see the two teams go even on points, with United wanting to close the gap to the current Premier League title challengers after a mixed start to the season.

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