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, with 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
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.
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.’