Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær has explained his comments after AS Roma fans accused him of disrespecting the club.
The United manager had commented that he ‘didn’t know’ Roma and ‘hadn’t seen them play’ after the club’s Europa League quarter-final second leg win over Granada.
The Norwegian’s words drew the ire of the Giallorossi faithful. They put up posters carrying Solskjær’s image with his quotes outside Roma’s training base along with the message “make sure he remembers us.”
However, Solskjær has since diffused the situation stating that he didn’t mean to play down United’s semi-final opponents.
Solskjær reiterated that he has lots of respect for Roma. He had definitely seen them play in the past, however had not analyzed their game play in depth.
The 48-year-old mentioned that he is fully aware of Roma’s quality and heritage. He has two prized possessions at home; swapped and signed shirts by Roma legends Francesco Totti and Daniele De Rossi.
The United boss further mentioned that the club has also been following Roma before Chris Smalling’s eventual sale last summer.
The Norwegian explained that United had not seen Roma play before, but have now done a detailed analysis on them since drawing them as opponents.
REMINISCING THE EPIC 7-1 OLD TRAFFORD NIGHT
Solskjær remembers the two games clearly, recollecting that he had started the first leg. He remembered Sir Alex Ferguson being happy about the away goal scored in the first leg 2-1 defeat, and was confident of a United win in the second.
But the Norwegian believes what unfolded that night at Old Trafford was truly magical. Alan Smith, Michael Carrick, Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrice Evra all scored, in a brilliant display of attacking football.
United’s manager is wishful of a repeat performance in their first leg of the Europa League semi-final on Friday.