Atalanta have been encouraged to take revenge on Manchester United after the Italians had to battle through five “full power” fire alarms during the night at their hotel ahead of tonight’s Champions League showdown. The visitors currently sit top of Group F with four points from their opening two matches against Villarreal and Young Boys but if they have ambitions of qualifying for the knockout stages for the third successive season, the Bergamo outfit will need to avoid defeat at Old Trafford.
Yet it’s hardly been ideal preparation for Gian Piero Gasperini’s side in the build-up to Wednesday night’s match.
The wife of attacking midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi has revealed that the Atalanta squad barely had a wink of sleep in their team hotel last night due to problems with the fire alarms.
It’s claimed the malfunction saw the alarms sound at full blast, up to five times following the Italian side’s arrival in Manchester.
Mrs Malinovskyi is quoted by Calciomercato, saying: “I don’t think it was an accident. Throughout the night in the hotel the siren was turned on at full power five times.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are a wounded animal following the 4-2 defeat at Leicester last Saturday and the Red Devils are in need of three points as they sit in third.
With tricky trips to Bergamo and Villarreal still to come, United will want to put the points on the board as soon as possible.
The United boss has revealed the squad have held crunch talks ahead of the match as they look to get their season up and running.
“Every team will go through a patchy period and we’re in one now. Poor form, we know that, we hold our hands up and we know we need to improve,” Solskjaer said.
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“Every team will go through that every year. We’ve gone through it and come through stronger. As I’ve said so many times, the coaching staff that we’ve got here are absolutely amazing.
“The attention to detail, the sessions they put on, the preparation that we have here. I don’t think I could ask for better staff.
“They’re good people, good Man United people and with one intention in mind and that’s to improve the team and help the players, help the team grow.
“Of course, we go through difficult times together and like Marcus said we’ve spoke as a group, as a team about what we need to do and hopefully the reaction will come tomorrow.”