Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not the only manager to hold a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Atalanta manager Gian Piero Gasperini also faced the media.

Gasperini spoke about United and said that his side will have to be at their best to prevent the home side from winning.

Asked about what scared him most about the Red Devils, the Atalanta boss had a considered response.

Gasperini told TMW: “They offensively have many players capable of scoring, they shoot well from distance and have physicality in aerial play.

“In the offensive phase they play as a team, they have technique and many players who have the inspiration that can make the difference. With Leicester they dominated the game for a long time.

“We will have to be good at being able to play at our best. Atalanta will have to be good above all from a technical point of view.”

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Gasperini was far more complimentary about United than anybody in the media has been lately, and it is healthy from his perspective to approach the game with a level of respect for the Red Devils, irrespective of the current form.

United need to apply the same respect to Atalanta, and this was spelled out by former Serie A winger Amad earlier this week, who spoke about the challenge his former side will pose.

 

How are Atalanta getting on?

Atalanta have a few issues to deal with this week, including the absence of injured captain Rafael Toloi.

Gasperini admitted he has work to do here, adding: “It will be necessary to fix the defense.”

This season they have had a mixed start to the Serie A season, winning just four of eight Serie A games.

At the weekend they had their best result of the season so far, a 4-1 win over Empoli.

In the Champions League they drew with Villarreal before beating Young Boys by a single goal and currently they sit top of the group by a single point.

Gasperini said he hopes his side will not be overawed by playing at Old Trafford and wants any nervous energy to be directed in a positive mannger.

He added: “It is an incredible crowd, we will play with so many people and it is a great emotion. We will compete against a great team, a great honour.”

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