Cristiano Ronaldo has warned of overconfidence ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Atalanta for their second meeting of the Champions League group meeting with Gian Piero Gasperini’s side.
The 36-year-old scored a late winner when the two met last month, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side staging a second-half comeback to turn a two-goal deficit on its head as Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire paved a way for the turnaround.
It’s a return to Italy and to the Gewiss Stadium for the former Juventus forward who will be looking to pick up just his second win at Atalanta as the Reds look to strengthen their grip at the top of Group F.
He put in a man-of-the-match performance against Tottenham last time out, but his form against Gasperini’s side during his time with the Old Lady saw him draw four in the Serie A, winning just once.
“Back to Italy, a country that welcomed me and my family so well, an amazing place that will be forever in my heart,” Ronaldo said in a post on Instagram.
“I know from experience that it’s never easy to play in Bergamo against a team such as Atalanta, but we will do our absolute best to keep the first place in our group.
“This is Champions League and we are Manchester United! We are where we belong! Let’s go, Devils!”
Going into the clash, United are two points clear after back-to-back wins against Villarreal and Atalanta, a win would see the gap between the two bridged to nine points.
Victor Lindelof misses the trip after picking up a knock in preparation for the visit to Lombardy.