Furious wife of Atalanta star hints at dirty tactics at hotel before Man Utd tie
Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malinovskiy’s wife has taken to Instagram to slam the “local population” for using dirty tactics ahead of Manchester United’s Champions League clash with the Italian side.
United welcome Atalanta to Old Trafford on Wednesday night and are desperate for a win after only managing three points from their first two games against Villarreal and Young Boys.
In their desperation, some fans have allegedly made an effort to gain an advantage and better their chances of making it into the next round of the competition.
According Roksana Malinovskyi, the hotel at which the Atalanta squad were staying overnight on Tuesday repeatedly had its alarm set off, ruining their sleep before the big match.
As quoted by Calciomercato, she said: “I don’t think it was an accident. Throughout the night in the hotel the siren was turned on at full power five times.
“It happened just when the team arrived, and only at night!
“Do you think this is an accident? Er, no. Such a ‘warm’ welcome from the local population feels terrible in the heart.
“I hope that our fans will support the team in the home game, and maybe the same thing will happen suddenly in an Italian hotel.”
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Fans using underhand tactics to give their team an edge before a major European tie is a regular occurrence, with supporters often letting off fire alarms, fireworks and making noise outside hotels the night before.
But it appears Malinovskyi was having none of it and has even called for Atalanta’s fans to do the same in retaliation for the return leg on November 2.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in particular will be hoping the Atalanta players wake up feeling groggy as pressure builds surrounding his future as the Red Devils’ boss, following an abysmal run of form.
Meanwhile, Atalanta currently sit sixth in Serie A and are coming off the back of a 4-1 away win at Empoli in which danger-man Josip Ilicic bagged two goals.
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