Ole Gunnar Solskjaer “meant no disrespect” with his remarks which angered Roma fans

Solskjaer's comments on AS Roma following Manchester United's win over Granada in the quarter final hurt a lot of Roma fans.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United face AS Roma in the semi-finals of the Europa Cup on Thursday. Ole has failed to lead his side to a final so far during his tenure at Manchester United.

Comments made by Solskjaer after the quarter-final triumph against Granada have angered some Giallorossi supporters, who have put up posters of the Norwegian near the Serie A club’s training ground alongside the quote: “I don’t know them and I haven’t seen them play”.

“I don’t know AS Roma and haven’t seen them play” – Solskjaer said after United’s win over Granada

Roma supporters have placed a poster featuring those words and Solskjær’s image at their club’s training ground, together with the message: “Make sure he remembers us.”

However, Solskjaer sought to diffuse the situation ahead of Thursday’s first leg at Old Trafford, and even revealed that the shirts of two Roma legends take pride of place in his personal collection.

Manchester United take on AS Roma in the sei finals of the Europa League - FirstSportz
Manchester United take on AS Roma in the semi-finals of the Europa League

Asked about his comments, he explained: “Of course I’d watched them, but I hadn’t analysed and hadn’t seen them in depth.

“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.”

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