Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Roma’s new boss has been commemorated with his own ice cream flavour

Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Roma’s new manager has been commemorated with his own ice cream flavour called ‘Special One’

  • Jose Mourinho has signed a three year deal to become Roma’s next manager
  • Paulo Fonseca will remain in charge of the Giallorossi until the end of the season
  • Mourinho enjoyed a successful spell in Italy with Inter Milan between 2008-10

Jose Mourinho has received the ultimate tribute after becoming Roma’s next manager, the former Tottenham and Manchester United boss has had an ice cream flavour named after him called ‘Special One.’

The dessert was invented by a local ice cream parlour in Rome and advertised via their Instagram account. 

Mourinho replied to the post by asking for mango and strawberry ice cream.  

Jose Mourinho has had an ice cream named after him to mark his arrival as the new Roma boss

The 'Special One' was created by a Rome based ice cream parlour in honour of Mourinho

The ‘Special One’ was created by a Rome based ice cream parlour in honour of Mourinho 

It appears that new Roma boss gave a considered response as the colours he ordered were yellow and red; a pretty familiar sight for Giallorossi fans.  

Mourinho signed a three year deal with the Serie A club and will replace current boss Paulo Fonseca at the end of the season.

The ‘special one’ has previously managed in Italy, he enjoyed a trophy laden spell with Inter Milan between 2008-10.

During his time at the San Siro he won two Serie A titles, one Coppa Italia and the Champions League before leaving to manage Real Madrid.

Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham in April after a disappointing run of results

Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham in April after a disappointing run of results

Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham last month after their positive start to the season unravelled in spectacular fashion.

Spurs were seventh at the time of his departure and had been knocked out of the FA Cup and Europa League by Everton and Dinamo Zagreb respectively.

He guided Spurs to the Carabao Cup final which they lost 1-0 to Manchester City under interim boss Ryan Mason. 

Advertisement


Jose Mourinho appointed Roma manager, starting with the 2021-22 season after Tottenham sacking

Jose’s back… already! Roma announce shock deal for Mourinho to become their new manager as he signs three-year contract two weeks after his Tottenham sacking

Jose Mourinho has made a rapid return to management with Roma announcing he will take over the club starting from the 2021-22 season.

The Portuguese boss, 58, has signed a three-year deal to take him through to 2024. 

Mourinho said: ‘Thank you to the Friedkin family (Roma’s owners) for choosing me to lead this great club and to be part of their vision.

Jose Mourinho has been appointed Roma manager and will take charge for the 2021-22 season

‘After meetings with the ownership and Tiago Pinto (Roma’s general manager), I immediately understood the full extent of their ambitions for AS Roma. It is the same ambition and drive that has always motivated me and together we want to build a winning project over the upcoming years.

‘The incredible passion of the Roma fans convinced me to accept the job and I cannot wait to start next season.

‘In the meantime, I wish Paulo Fonseca all the best and I hope the media appreciate that I will only speak further in due course. Daje Roma!’

Club president Dan Friedkin and vice-president Ryan Friedkin said: ‘We are thrilled and delighted to welcome Jose Mourinho into the AS Roma family.

‘A great champion who has won trophies at every level, Jose will provide tremendous leadership and experience to our ambitious project.

‘The appointment of Jose is a huge step in building a long-term and consistent winning culture throughout the club.’

Pinto revealed that Roma weighed up a move for Mourinho as soon as news emerged that Tottenham had sacked him.

‘When Jose became available, we immediately jumped at the chance to speak with one of the greatest managers of all time,’ Pinto said.

‘We were blown away by Jose’s desire to win and his passion for the game: no matter how many trophies he has won, his primary focus is always on the next one. He possesses the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels.

‘We know that in order to build a successful sporting project it takes time, patience and the right people in the right positions. We are supremely confident that Jose will be the perfect coach for our project, for both our immediate and long-term future.’

Advertisement

Roma forced into THREE first-half substitutions in bizarre spate of injuries at Manchester United

Roma forced into THREE first-half substitutions in bizarre spate of injuries against Manchester United in Europa League semi-final… with goalkeeper Pau Lopez among those forced off for the visitors

  • Roma saw three of their players forced off in the first half at Old Trafford
  • Injuries ran through the Italian side in their clash against Manchester United
  • Jordan Veretout went off injured within five minutes of the match starting
  • Goalkeeper Pau Lopez followed before Leonardo Spinazzola also pulled up

Roma were forced into three first-half substitutions in a bizarre turn of misfortune in the first leg of their Europa League semi final against Manchester United.

Jordan Veretout lasted less than five minutes for the visitors at Old Trafford, before he pulled up as he tried to run away from Luke Shaw.

The Italian side’s goalkeeper Pau Lopez made a smart save to deny Paul Pogba just before the hour mark, but he went down straight after clutching his shoulder and was unable to continue.

Jordan Veretout was forced off the pitch against Manchester United inside five minutes

Goalkeeper Pau Lopez suffered a shoulder injury saving a Paul Pogba and could not continue

Goalkeeper Pau Lopez suffered a shoulder injury saving a Paul Pogba and could not continue

Lopez tried to swing his shoulder and loosen it up in an attempt to carry on, but 37-year-old backup goalkeeper Antonio Mirante was brought on for his first European appearance of the season.

Leonardo Spinazzola was involved in Roma’s second goal with a good run down the left wing, but he became the latest player to pull up and was forced off and replaced by Bruno Peres.

It all added up to leave the two sides playing five minutes of added time at the end of the first half.  

While teams are allowed five substitutions in the Europa League, they can only be made on three separate occasions, or at half-time.

As Roma did not make any changes during the interval, the visitors will not be able to make any further substitutions during the second period. 

Leonardo Spinazzola was forced off in a big blow to the visitors after he shone in the first half

Leonardo Spinazzola was forced off in a big blow to the visitors after he shone in the first half

Advertisement


Manchester United vs Roma – Europa League: Live score, lineups and updates

Manchester United vs Roma LIVE: Can Solskjaer end his semi-final curse? Rashford and Co eye first step towards the Europa League final against the Serie A side led by ex-Red Devil Chris Smalling

  • Manchester United starting XI: De Gea, Shaw, Lindelof, Maguire, Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Fred, Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford, Cavani
  • Roma starting XI: Lopez, Smalling, Cristante, Ibanez, Karsdorp, Diawara, Veretout, Spinazzola, Pellegrini, Mkhitaryan, Dzeko 
  • Manchester United host Roma in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final 
  • The Red Devils are looking to make their first final under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • Ex-United man Chris Smalling makes his return to Old Trafford with the Italians 
  • Latest Europa League news, including fixtures and results 
  • Man United vs Roma preview: Team news, key stats and odds

Manchester United host Roma in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final with the Red Devils looking to keep their hopes of finishing the season with a trophy alive.

The Premier League side fell at this stage of the competition last season, losing out to eventual winners Sevilla, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be desperate to make his first final as United manager.

Standing in their way is the Serie A team led by former United defender Chris Smalling, who makes his first return to Old Trafford since leaving the club permanently last summer. 

Follow Sportsmail’s KATHRYN BATTE for live Europa League coverage of Manchester United vs Roma, including scoreline, lineups and updates.  

Advertisement


FLASHBACK: The night Manchester United hit SEVEN past Roma in Champions League

The incredible thing about one of Manchester United’s greatest European nights was that they only needed to win 1-0. 

‘Great games are usually won by eight players,’ Sir Alex Ferguson wrote in his autobiography about their 7-1 mauling of Roma. ‘It can happen to you half a dozen times in your career that there are 11 players giving their all in a match. That game was one of those exceptions.’

This truly was a match where his entire starting XI had standout performances.

Manchester United produced one of their greatest European nights to thump Roma 7-1 in 2007

Michael Carrick gave United the goal they needed to win the tie but they were far from done

Michael Carrick gave United the goal they needed to win the tie but they were far from done 

Alan Smith ended a goal drought to quickly added a second as Roma began to fall apart

Alan Smith ended a goal drought to quickly added a second as Roma began to fall apart 

Youngster Wayne Rooney was presented with a tap in to make it three inside 20 minutes

Youngster Wayne Rooney was presented with a tap in to make it three inside 20 minutes

In a game that Roma’s club captain Francesco Totti described as more important to him than the World Cup final, there was plenty at stake here. 

The Italian headed up a line-up of experienced stars like Philippe Mexes, Daniele De Rossi and David Pizarro, but the Red Devils were not fazed one bit – even though they were losing 2-1 on aggregate.

Just 12 minutes into their Champions League quarter-final clash in 2007, Michael Carrick’s swift finish gave them the goal they needed to advance to the semis – having secured a vital away goal in Rome – but Sir Alex’s men smelt blood at Old Trafford. 

Five minutes later, Ryan Giggs slipped in a pass towards the edge of the box that Gabriel Heinze slipped trying to intercept – giving Alan Smith the freedom to rifle into the corner beyond Doni.

Sir Alex Ferguson was in awe of the quality of their display with the entire team impressing

Sir Alex Ferguson was in awe of the quality of their display with the entire team impressing

And the Theatre of Dreams was starting to dream of the last four when a young Wayne Rooney was handed a tap-in following a surging run down the right wing from Giggs 

‘Magical Manchester United, scintillating football – Roma torn apart’, cried Clive Tyldesley on commentary. The Italians were at sixes and sevens, but United weren’t done there in their frantic first-half onslaught.

It was a momentous night for many reasons – one of them was the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo on the European stage as he netted his first ever Champions League goal. As we know now, it would be the first of many.

It was a night where Cristiano Ronaldo announced himself with his first European strike

It was a night where Cristiano Ronaldo announced himself with his first European strike 

The Portuguese star would go on to bag a brace as United began to turn the game into a romp

The Portuguese star would go on to bag a brace as United began to turn the game into a romp

In trademark Ronaldo style, he took the ball from the right flank with it seemingly glued to his foot, feinted to shoot with his left before shifting onto his right and slamming a shot into the corner. Now 5-2 on aggregate, home and hosed with 45 minutes left to play.

Only minutes after the break – with Roma hoping for a bit of breathing space – United granted no such mercy. Giggs, who was sensational throughout, was the architect again as he pounced on a loose ball near the touchline and pinged a first time cross that rolled all the way through to Ronaldo at the back post. He made no mistake.

Carrick, who started the party with the opener, saved the best goal for the finale – rifling into the top corner after collecting a pass from the edge of the area, before Roma finally got on the scoresheet with a worthy effort of their own. 

Daniele De Rossi added a stunning consolation before Carrick scored a second from distance

Daniele De Rossi added a stunning consolation before Carrick scored a second from distance

It almost seems like a tragedy that it was only a consolation – as De Rossi’s powerful, twisting, no-look volley will go down as one of his greatest career goals. And the memory of that strike was firmly put to bed when United added their seventh of a miserable night for Roma.

Patrice Evra – playing out of position at right back – still managed to produce a superb performance and followed Ronaldo in netting his first European goal. United seemed content to play keep ball in the final 10 minutes before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer laid it off to the Frenchman, who smashed a shot in off the post.

A magnificent seven. 8-3 on aggregate. United would go through to face Milan in the semi-finals, where they would be outdone by the magic of Kaka, but this was a night for United to savour.

Even Patrice Evra - playing out of position - got in on the act as he wrapped up their seventh

Even Patrice Evra – playing out of position – got in on the act as he wrapped up their seventh

Current boss Solskjaer will have fond memories of the game – having come on for the final half an hour and bagged an assist – as he prepares to face the Italian outfit again in the Europa League semi-finals tonight.

Reflecting back on their romp at Old Trafford 14 years ago, the Norwegian remembered this week about how confident Sir Alex was that his side would get the job done – despite suffering a 2-1 loss to Roma in the first leg.

‘We lost the away game but the odd thing was the manager was so happy after that defeat, I’ve never seen him as happy after losing because he was so confident of winning the home game. Surreal experience, really.’

And the legendary boss was left delirious after the full time whistle, hailing the display as the club’s ‘best night’ in Europe – despite their miraculous win in the final over Bayern in 1999, as well as another triumph to come over Chelsea in the next year.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - who came on as a sub in the game - is preparing to welcome Roma to Old Trafford in the Europa League, 14 years after the mauling

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – who came on as a sub in the game – is preparing to welcome Roma to Old Trafford in the Europa League, 14 years after the mauling

‘It was a fantastic performance by every one of our players,’ he said. ‘The speed of our play and our penetration was absolutely superb.

‘That’s absolutely the best night of European football we’ve had here. We never expected to win 7-1 but the quality of our game was so high.’ 

As for Roma, it was a humiliation like no other. Italy’s press rained down fire on the club the following morning – with La Stampa’s headline reading: ‘Roma Hell’, and describing their performance as ‘apocalyptic’.

Fergie hailed the display as United's best in Europe after overturning a 2-1 deficit in Rome

Fergie hailed the display as United’s best in Europe after overturning a 2-1 deficit in Rome

The thrashing sent shockwaves around Italy with the press calling Roma’s display ‘apocalyptic’

When asked what he would change about the game, Roma boss Luciano Spaletti said he wished he had stayed at home instead

When asked what he would change about the game, Roma boss Luciano Spaletti said he wished he had stayed at home instead

La Gazzetta Dello Sport labelled Totti as ‘Captain Disaster’ and singled him out for going missing on the big stage. Words from his manager Luciano Spalletti were particularly damning and desperate.

‘Every shot finished in the back of the net,’ he said. ‘What would I change if I could do it again? Stay at home.’ 

So Roma will not arrive at Old Trafford on Thursday with the fondest memories, but plenty to put right. 

Roma fans descend on club’s training ground with banners and flags to wave players off to Manchester

Hundreds of Roma fans descend on club’s training ground with banners and flags to wave players off to Manchester ahead of crunch Europa League semi-final first leg at United

  • Roma face Manchester United in the Europa League semi-final tomorrow
  • Hundreds of adoring fans waved them off to the airport with flares and flags 
  • Roma have not won a trophy since 2008 or had European success since 1961 
  • They are in seventh in the league so Europa League glory is hugely important

Roma fans showed their team exactly how much the Europa League semi-finals mean to them after hundreds turned up at the training ground to send them off to Manchester on Wednesday.

The Serie A giants have not lifted a trophy since the Coppa Italia in 2008 and only have one European honour in the 1960-61 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, which they lifted by beating Birmingham City.

And it is another English side standing in their way of more glory this season as the team get ready to line up at Old Trafford against Manchester United on Thursday.

If the game itself wasn’t enough motivation, the fans ensured the players are well aware of how important it is by cheering them off in huge numbers at the club’s training ground this afternoon.

As the players headed to the airport for their two-and-a-half hour flight to Manchester, they were met by a sea of Roma fans, desperate for a glimpse at their heroes as they boarded the bus.

The players stood on a balcony from inside the training complex to wave at their adoring supporters, before boarding the coach to the airport.

Fans let off flares and held up banners and flags, as they prepare to watch their team face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men in the last four of the Europa League.

Roma are well off the pace in Serie A, sitting seventh and six points off a European spot, so the club will be well aware that Europa League glory could be their only avenue into European competition for next season.

They would need to beat United over two legs and then down either Arsenal or Villarreal in the final to secure a place in next season’s Champions League, and – importantly – their first major trophy in 13 years.  

The Italian side beat Ajax over two legs in the quarter-finals, and Shakhtar Donetsk and Braga before that in the last 32 and last 64 respectively.

Now, from over 200 teams, they are down to the last four and the fans are understandably desperate to go one step further and make the final in Gdansk. 

Advertisement


Chris Smalling makes his Roma return from injury just in time for a Manchester United reunion

Chris Smalling makes his Roma return from injury just in time for a Manchester United reunion in the Europa League this week… but his side fall to a defeat by Cagliari in Serie A

  • Chris Smalling made his return from injury as Roma were beaten 3-2 by Cagliari
  • Smalling could feature against his former club Manchester United on Thursday 
  • Roma boss Paulo Fonseca praised Smalling, who played first game for six weeks 

Chris Smalling made his first appearance for six weeks as Roma suffered a 3-2 defeat to Cagliari in Serie A.

The centre-back has recovered from injury just in time to face his former club Manchester United in the semi-finals of the Europa League this week. 

Smalling played 59 minutes against Cagliari and was praised by manager Paulo Fonseca for his performance. 

Chris Smalling returned from injury against Cagliari and could now face Manchester United

As reported by Football Italia, Fonseca said: ‘He did very well. It was important to get Chris at least 45 minutes of playing time, he had more than that, and I think it was positive. Now he has the chance to play against Manchester United.

‘Unfortunately, we were unable to give some playing time to all those who were coming back from injury, but Chris and Leonardo Spinazzola were the most important ones to get minutes in their legs.’

Roma boss Paulo Fonseca was full of praise for Smalling as the defender returned from injury

Roma boss Paulo Fonseca was full of praise for Smalling as the defender returned from injury

Smalling could feature against Manchester United, for whom he made 323 appearances

Smalling could feature against Manchester United, for whom he made 323 appearances

When asked whether Smalling or Bryan Cristante will start against United at Old Trafford on Thursday, Fonseca said: ‘We will see. It is possible we will use them both.’

Cagliari took the lead after just four minutes, with Charalampos Lykogiannis opening the scoring.

Carles Perez equalised for Roma but Cagliari responded, with Razvan Mari and Joao Pedro scoring before Federico Fazio got a goal back for Roma.

The result leaves Roma in seventh place in Serie A, while Cagliari are only above the relegation zone on goal difference.

Smalling joined United from Fulham in 2010 and made 323 appearances for the club.

The defender won an array of trophies during his time at United, including two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, the League Cup and the Europa League.  

Advertisement