Manchester United: Atalanta boss reveals what he said to Cristiano Ronaldo full-time

Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini reveals he jokingly told Cristiano Ronaldo to ‘go to HELL’ after the Manchester United star’s belated exploits denied his side all three points in their Champions League encounter











Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini has revealed that he jokingly told Cristiano Ronaldo he had to ‘go to hell’ after the Manchester United attacker denied his side all three points with a stunning late equalizer on Tuesday.

Ronaldo scored both of United’s goals in a 2-2 draw against Atalanta, keeping Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the top of Group F, including a dramatic equalizer in the 92nd minute. His latest exploits came after he scored a later winner and gave United a 3-2 comeback two weeks ago against the Italians at Old Trafford.

On Tuesday, the Italian side only had minutes to hold United at bay in Bergamo to see what would have been a famous victory, but out of nowhere, Ronaldo smashed into a sublime volley to take a point at death.

Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini reveals he jokingly told Cristiano Ronaldo to ‘go to hell’

It was a brutal end for Atalanta and their manager Gasperini given the time of Ronaldo’s second equalizing goal, but the 63-year-old insisted there was no resentment towards the attacker.

Gasperini and Ronaldo were even seen arm in arm at the final whistle, with the Italian revealing he could even share a joke with Ronaldo as they walked back to the dressing rooms.

“I spoke to Ronaldo at the end of the game,” Atalanta’s head coach told Sky Italia. “He’s an incredible player, some even call him a problem.

“That’s a nice problem to have. He rarely makes it out of goal; half the time he scores, half the time he is spared.

The attacker scored a dramatic equalizer in stoppage time to deny Atalanta all three points

The attacker scored a dramatic equalizer in stoppage time to deny Atalanta all three points

Ronaldo has made it a habit in recent weeks to score crucial late goals for United

Ronaldo has made it a habit in recent weeks to score crucial late goals for United

“In the end I said to him, ‘You know what we say in Italy, go to hell.'”

Gasperini added: “Cristiano is just incredible. If there’s someone you want to give a chance to… and it’s a tough one.

“He keeps an eye on the ball and his technique on that volley is incredible.”

The Italian boss insisted he was happy with his side’s performance against United, although he had some regrets about what happened in stoppage time.

“It was a fantastic night, with a lot of fans against a great team and we had a great game,” Gasperini added.

“Of course we could have won, so we are 80 percent happy and 20 percent regret that we conceded in stoppage time.

The Italian boss insisted there was no resentment and continued to praise Ronaldo

The Italian boss insisted there was no resentment and continued to praise Ronaldo

“It would have given us a boost towards the next round, but we are still in the running.

“Luckily we still have qualifying in our hands, even though we have two very difficult games ahead of us with Young Boys and Villarreal.”

Ronaldo has scored in all four Champions League matches in Group F so far, with a total of five goals, including his double on Tuesday, and a further four goals from seven Premier League games.

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