Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed he did not mean to disrespect Roma. His comments prompted the club’s supporters to put up posters near their training ground. Solskjaer made his comments after the club beat Granada to reach the Europa League semifinal.
When asked about the prospect of facing Roma, Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he “didn’t know them” and “hadn’t seen them play”. The comments prompted a number of Roma supporters to put up posters with the “make sure he remembers us”.
On the eve of their Europa League tie, Solskjaer tried to diffuse the situation. He revealed that his personal collection of jerseys which he takes a lot of pride in, includes two Roma jerseys.
“Of course I’d watched them, but I hadn’t analyzed and hadn’t seen them in depth,” Solskjaer said. “It’s a fantastic club with a great history. I’ve actually got two prized possessions back home, a (Francesco) Totti shirt and a (Daniele) De Rossi shirt that I swapped with them, actually signed. So I know about the history, I know about the quality.”
“It was not meant as any disrespect, and I think everyone knows that. I’ve got loads of respect for them,” he added. “With Chris (Smalling) being there last season, we followed them. We’ve analyzed them down to the ground since we drew them and we are ready for them.”
Solskjaer has not reached a final since taking over in 2018. He has reached four semi-finals in the last couple of years after succeeding Jose Mourinho in 2018.
“It will be a dream come true the day I can lift a trophy for this club as a manager, of course,” the Norwegian said. “That’s what we’re building for. We’ve been close, we’re building step by step, but to take the next step it’s ifs and buts and this and that. You always talk about that.”