Man United’s Champions League opponents Atalanta are woken up SIX TIMES in the middle of the night by fire alarms at their five-star Radisson hotel – leaving tired players and their wives fuming and claiming it was deliberate
- Atalanta are in Manchester to face United in the Champions League tonight
- The fire alarm was set off six times overnight, leaving the Italian side fuming
- Wife of Ruslan Malinovskyi claimed it was a deliberate act to disrupt the team
- She also hinted that Atalanta fans should do the same to United next month
Atalanta players have been left furious after the fire alarm at their five-star Radisson hotel went off SIX times in the middle of the night, disrupting their preparation for tonight’s Champions League tie against Manchester United.
The Serie A side travelled to the UK on Tuesday and stayed in The Edwardian Manchester overnight ahead of today’s game, but it appears they were woken multiple times by the hotel’s alarm system.
According to another guest, the alarm was set off at 4:51am, 5:00am, 5:36am, 6:11am, 6:31am and 7:13am, meaning the players are likely to have had very little sleep since before 5am.
Atalanta players were woken up six times during the night by the hotel fire alarm going off
The Italian side were staying at the Edwardian, a five-star Radisson hotel in central Manchester
Another hotel guest specified the exact times the hotel fire alarm went off during the night
The wife of Atalanta midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi also took to Instagram to complain about the situation. Roksana wrote: ‘I don’t think it was a casual incident. Do you think it’s just a [coincidence]? I don’t think so.
‘Such a warm welcome from local people is terrible. I hope our fans will support our players and, perhaps, the same thing will happen in a hotel in Italy.’
Manchester United travel to Bergamo next month for the return fixture away at Atalanta on November 2.
It is currently unclear as to the reason for the regular overnight alarms, but there are previous examples of foul play at opponents’ hotels in the build-up to big matches.
Fireworks are often set off in the middle of the night outside hotels, and at the 2018 World Cup the Sweden team were evacuated from their hotel before they lost in the quarter-final to England, because of an overnight fire alarm.
In fact, Manchester United have previously been on the end of a fire alarm prank, ahead of their 2-1 defeat away at Wolves in 2019.
Ruslan Malinovskyi’s girlfriend Roksana (left) claimed it was a deliberate act to disrupt the side
She took to Instagram and hinted for Atalanta fans to do the same to United stars next month
The players were twice disrupted during their mid-afternoon nap by the loud noise at the £85-a-night four-star Mount Hotel Country Manor, in Tettenhall, near Wolverhampton.
Meanwhile, pressure has been building on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently, and United lost again at the weekend, this time at the hands of Leicester City.
Atalanta, meanwhile, beat Empoli 4-1 on Sunday and are currently top of their Champions League group going into tonight’s huge clash at Old Trafford.
Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini will have been left furious by the overnight disruption
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate for a win to get his United side back on track this season