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Former Manchester United star 'clears air' with Sweden boss after heated argument on live TV

Former Manchester United player Bojan Djordjic and Sweden manager Janne Andersson have 'cleared the air' after they were involved in a heated row live on air earlier this week.

After Sweden's 5-0 win over Azerbaijan on Monday night, Andersson came on to Viaplay to discuss the match. However, things took an unexpected turn when Djordjic asked the 60-year-old about Jesper Karlsson's lack of game time across the international break.

The AZ Alkmaar star played just eight minutes in two matches, and the question about his lack of action from Djordjic did not go down well with the Sweden boss. Andersson was furious and went on to accuse the former United man of "whining".

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Following this, he asked: "Who do you represent?"

Djordjic - who made just two appearances for the Reds - was born in Belgrade, Serbia, but represented Sweden's national teams at youth level.

In response to Andersson, he replied: "Sweden, of course, why wouldn't I? What kind of thing is this then? Are you going to say something else?"

According to Swedish paper Expressen, Djordjic later demanded an apology during Viaplay's post-match coverage.

He added: "Should I constantly excuse myself? Should I have my own say? I have people who have my back and know what I stand for. But this. I will have an excuse.

"If those with Petra Thoren, who is the press manager, listen and check through it, they should not make up any sentence other than an excuse for how to behave. I will never apologise for who I am."

Andersson was asked about the row during his press conference, with a reporter asked if he had insinuated that Djordjic does not represent Sweden.

"Never in hell," he stated.

He added: "I don't know what I said. Don't talk about Serbia and stuff like that. I can't stand that kind of s***. I speak to him as a media representative. Don't mix anything else in, I can't bear it. I may have expressed myself badly, but don't mix it up, then I'll be really p***ed off.

"I can apologise if I said something bad. If I said something bad, I can take responsibility for it. Don't mix that up. Then I get p***ed off."

It appears that the pair were able to resolve their feud, with Sweden - who tweeted an image of the pair - meeting up to clear the air in an hour-long conversation.

"It was a long, deep and nice conversation where we reached a consensus with forgiveness on both sides," Djordjic told Swedish FA media. "What happened between us is now acted out.

"It was important to me that Janne was genuinely interested in my life story and wanted to understand my reaction and feeling, even though we come from different generations and from different backgrounds. This meeting was more rewarding than I even thought beforehand, where football was actually what we talked about the least."

Djordjic, who arrived at Old Trafford in 1999, spent six years with the Reds, playing on two occasions under Sir Alex Ferguson.


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