Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has denied disrespecting Roma ahead of Manchester United's Europa League semi-final clash with the Italian club.
Solskajer angered Roma fans by saying “I don't know them and I haven't seen the play” in the immediate aftermath United's quarter-final victory over Granada, which saw them pitted against the Serie A club.
Angry Roma fans responded by putting posters of Solskjaer up outside the club's training ground, with the quote that caused so much fury.
The posters also contained the message 'make sure he remembers us' from Roma fans angered by Solskjaer's apparent dismissal of United's opponents.
But Solskjaer denied he was being disrespectful and said he and his coaching staff have done significant analysis on Roma ahead of tomorrow's first leg.
“Of course, that was straight after the game and with all the games we've had I was just relieved we'd gone through,” said Solskjaer.
“Of course I'd watched them but hadn't analysed and hadn't seen them in depth to give them enough respect, probably.
“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've swapped with them and they're actually signed, so I know about the history, I know about the quality.
“With Chris Smalling being there last season, we followed them, then they signed Chris and we've not watched them as much, but we have analysed them down to the ground since we drew them.
“We're ready for them. It was not meant as any disrespect, I think everyone knows that. I've got loads of respect for them.”
After losing four semi-finals as United boss, Solskjaer has urged his players to seize this latest opportunity and make it to the final.
“You know, when you come to the business end of the season, the main thing is arriving there, being there, being in and around the important games, being in good form and having confidence and belief like we do have now,” said Solskjaer.
“It's also to have that little bit of luck, but also that quality that's needed.
“We've done remarkably well to get to five semis in a little bit more than a season, but of course now we'd like to go all the way.
“That would mean so much to the end of the season, if we have a final to look forward to.”
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