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ROSLER GUNS FOR SOLMATE; CARDIFF v WIGAN FA Cup Fifth Round: 3pm.

Byline: DAVID ANDERSON

UWE ROSLER reckons he would not be facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer today without the help of his old pal.

The Wigan boss has known Cardiff's Norwegian manager since they played for Manchester's rival clubs in the 1990s.

After Solskjaer succeeded Rosler (above) at Molde in 2011, he championed him to Brentford that summer when the Bees asked him to recommend a manager.

"Ole Gunnar and I are friends and have a big respect for each other," said the German. "When we played for the big rivals in Manchester, we knew each other because my wife is Norwegian and we went out together occasionally.

"Then after Molde, I went to England to try to get a job and our paths crossed again.

"Brentford's owner Matthew Benham was the man behind NextGen and NextGen wanted to have a team from Norway in the competition.

"They asked Ole Gunnar if Molde would be interested and during those conversations and meetings, my name got mentioned to the owner for the Brentford job.

"Matthew Benham asked Ole Gunnar if he knew a manager and Ole Gunnar said, 'Why not try him?'.

"That's how I got my interview and I wouldn't have got it if Ole Gunnar had not put a word in.

"I was six months here. I put in a lot of applications and didn't even get an interview."

But Rosler's gratitude for his big break in England does not extend to the FA Cup holders doing Solskjaer's Premier League strugglers any favours in their fifthround tie.

"Saturday is about business," he said. "After the game we can talk."

TEAM NEWS

CARDIFF: Marshall, McNaughton, Hudson, Cala, Fabio, Kim, Gunnarsson, Eikrem, Daehli, Berget, Campbell. WIGAN: Al Habsi, Boyce, Barnett, Perch, Beausejour, Watson, Espinoza, McManaman, Gomez, McClean, Fortune.

REFEREE: Martin Atkinson TV: Highlights on ITV,

Cardiff duo Kenwyne and Fabio are cup-tied the Bluebirds are for Manchester to confirm Wilfried availability. Spanish Juan Cala will his debut.

On-loan Wigan striker Maynard does not permission to play his parent club, while defender Rob Kiernan forward Martyn are cup-tied.
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Date:Feb 15, 2014
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