Sport Roma semi-final 'about putting things right' for Solskjaer and Man Utd
European Super League: Solskjaer 'very happy' fans won battle & did not like concept
The European Super League was not a project Ole Gunnar Solskjaer liked and he is glad clubs must continue to "earn" their place in Europe.The breakaway competition, which sought to establish a closed-shop competition featuring 12 of the continent's elite clubs, collapsed this week 48 hours after its launch, in the face of widespread opposition.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says it would be "a dream come true" to lift silverware as Manchester United manager, with his side preparing for a Europa League semi-final against Roma.
While Solskjaer has improved United's Premier League standing since taking charge in December 2018, he is yet to win a trophy and has been beaten in all four of the semi-finals he has reached.
That included the semi-final in the Europa League last season against eventual winners Sevilla.
United are at home for the first leg against Roma, a team they have played six times before – all in the Champions League – winning four.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains conversation with protesting Manchester United fans
Around 20 supporters gained entry to the club's training base on Thursday to protest against the Glazer family following the Super League proposalsAround 20 fans entered the club’s Carrington base on Thursday with banners demanding the Glazer family left the club in the wake of the collapse of the controversial plans for a Super League.
One of those victories was the famous 7-1 win in the second leg of a 2007 Champions League quarter-final tie that Solskjaer played in, the spirit from which he hopes to rekindle at Old Trafford on Thursday.
"It will be a dream come true the day I can lift a trophy for this club as a manager," said Solskjaer.
"That is what we are building for. It is ifs and buts, but our ambition is to finish this season with a trophy and to celebrate. I know what that can mean for the group."
Asked if he had conducted a detailed analysis on the previous semi-final defeats, Solskjaer added: "We have looked at them and the reasons why.
"But every semi-final is a tough one against tough teams.
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Solskjaer sees Man Utd put a shift in but lack quality in Leeds draw
Having scored six in the previous meeting, Manchester United drew a blank against Leeds United at Elland Road on Sunday.The Red Devils had won the reverse fixture 6-2 at Old Trafford back in December but there was to be no repeat of that high-scoring affair in the April sunshine at Elland Road.
"Some defeats you dwell on a little bit more, but it is about putting things right and arriving with an almost fully fit squad.
"Now we are going to go all out, we play Liverpool in between but that will take care of itself.
"I would like to think [we have more belief now]. It was a strange end to last season with the mini tournament [in Germany]; the atmosphere and feeling.
"We have to go that one step further and win. We have had a great night in this tournament before [winning it in 2017]. Our focus is on ending the season with a celebration.
"As soon as we went out of the Champions League our focus was getting to a final. We feel we have been in a proper competition, we have enjoyed it.
"When you come to the business end of the season, first of all being there for the important games, having confidence and belief, but of course to have that luck and quality which is needed.
Solskjaer says he 'meant no disrespect' to Roma after angry posters
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, which Roma fans immediately took as a slight against their team.
"We have done remarkably well to get to five semis. Now we want to go all the way."
United have only lost one of their last 12 games against Italian opponents in European competition (W8 D3).
The only defeat in this run came at home to Juventus in the Champions League group stage in 2018-19.
Roma, who are seventh in Serie A, have failed to win any of their last 12 away games in Europe against English clubs, a run that has factored in matches against seven different sides (D4 L8).
On the 2007 tie with Roma, Solskjaer added: "I remember both games, I started the first one. We dug out a very good result after 2-1 defeat [in the first leg].
"That night was magical. Alan Smith was excellent, we showed what United can do. We want a performance like this again!"
United have no new injuries after the 0-0 Premier League draw at Leeds, with Eric Bailly and Marcus Rashford available while Anthony Martial and Phil Jones are still out.
Solskjaer makes 'keep it peaceful' plea as Man Utd fans plan protest .
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leads Manchester United into a home clash with Liverpool on Sunday, when protests against the Glazers are planned.A demonstration by disgruntled fans is expected to take place before Sunday's Premier League clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford.