The Atalanta manager spoke to Cristiano Ronaldo after the full-time whistle at the Gewiss Stadium.
Shortly after they shared a conversation on the pitch, Gian Piero Gasperini revealed the details of his chat with the Portuguese superstar, who scored two goals to deny Atalanta a crucial win in the Champions League.
“At the end of the match, I spoke with Ronaldo,” the Atalanta head coach told Sky Sport Italia. “He’s an incredible player, some even call him a problem.
“That’s a nice problem to have. He rarely gets it off target; half the time he scores, half the time it is saved.
“I told him, ‘You know what we say in Italy? Go to hell.’”
Ronaldo’s goals managed to cancel out efforts from Josep Ilicic and Duvan Zapata for Atalanta in order to turn the game on its head.
However, United conceded twice in scrappy fashion with the goals coming from woeful defending and individual errors.
I know people have been talking about the standard of coaching at United, but a defender with Harry Maguire’s experience doesn’t need his hand held or to be told how to keep a defensive line together.
Ultimately, Ronaldo did what he does best to bail United out in Europe again.
His goals have United sitting on top of Group F with two matches left to play, and a win away to Villarreal will cement our place in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Ronaldo spoke to BT Sport after the match and said they knew Atalanta would bring a lot of pressure to the match, as they have a fantastic coach in Gasperini.
"We believe until the end."
Cristiano Ronaldo is elite.
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 2, 2021
More of the same from Ronaldo, please! But that doesn’t mean the others can continue performing in such a way because United need to improve their approach to games.