Ole Gunnar Solskjaer retreats and says he ‘meant no disrespect’ to Roma after Italian fans hung banners quoting Man United boss’s ‘I don’t know them’ comments at their training ground as inspiration ahead of Europa League tie
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken out after Roma fans made posters of him
- The Italians were furious after his throwaway comments regarding their club
- Solskjaer had said ‘I don’t know them and I haven’t seen them play’
- The United boss has clarified he did not mean he was unaware of who Roma are
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has moved to ease tensions with Roma fans ahead of Manchester United’s Europa League semi-final clash with the Italians.
Solskjaer has felt the wrath of the Roma ultras after they opted to place posters of him outside the club’s training ground, following comments the United boss had made in the media.
After United booked their place in the final four of the competition Solskjaer had told broadcasters he didn’t know of his upcoming opponents, which Roma fans immediately took as a slight against their team.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has moved to ease tensions with Roma fans after his recent comments, explaining his comments during Wednesday pre-match press conference
This week angry Roma fans placed posters of Solskjaer outside the club’s training base after he said ‘I don’t know them and I haven’t seen them play.’
In fury, large posters of Solskjaer were put up outside the training complex in the Italian capital which recalled the Norwegian’s words ‘I don’t know them and I haven’t seen them play,’ followed by the comment ‘make sure he remembers us’, underneath.
On Wednesday Solskjaer addressed the issue during his pre-match press conference.
Roma are known for having some of the most passionate and fiercely loyal fans in football
He said: ‘That [comment] was straight after the game, I was just relieved we had gone through. I have watched them but not analysed in depth to give them enough respect.
‘[Roma are] A fantastic club. I have a Totti shirt and a De Rossi shirt I swapped with them! We have analysed them since.
‘We are ready for them. It was not meant as any disrespect.’
Roma have progressed to the latter stages after defeating Dutch giants Ajax, and are now bidding to surpass United in order to face the winners of Arsenal or Villarreal in the final.
United boss Solskjaer (left) played the last time United faced Roma in European competition
Solskjaer went on to confirm good news for United fans, in that talisman Marcus Rashford will return in time for the Old Trafford showdown.
He said: ‘We have managed him, and we have had to for quite a while.
‘He is gone through the worst with his foot as well and he is available for tomorrow.
‘We didn’t lose anyone after Leeds game, they’re fit.
‘It was a hard-fought game of course against Leeds, high intensity. We’re ready and we’ve had good preparation for the rest of the season.’
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