But after being lauded for his impact since replacing Jose Mourinho in mid-December, the painful truth for Solskjaer is that this latest United performance was as poor as anything they produced under his predecessor this season. I felt, without the ball, we did okay in the first half but the tempo on the ball wasn't high enough.
"Quite a lot was missing today, it was the poorest performance we've had, it was a big step backwards " Solskjaer told a news conference.
"Very disappointing tonight, though, that we're not in the semis". Of course, we're disappointed, everyone is disappointed, but we have got to look forward and look behind the result today.
"It's something natural, you can not perform to the top of your levels every single time", said Solskjaer.
"It's still against a good team, they've done really well against top teams, don't take anything away from them even though we under-performed, so I don't think that's part of it at all".
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United now have two weeks before they next play with the upcoming global break.
United's caretaker manager was quick to remind the fans that there is still plenty to play for when domestic football restarts with a home game against Watford on March 30. Once the global break is over, United will need them back to their best providing a cutting edge required to negotiate a hard run-in over the final eight league games.
"You can't sit and sulk too long", he said. Hopefully some of them will have good experiences with the national teams and some will have a few days off.
"We've done well, we've got ourselves in and amongst top four [in the Premier League], we're in the quarter finals of both the FA Cup and Champions League, we've been on a good run", he said. We played well and we achieved it with the incredible support of our fans pushing us.
"Don't worry about the players' attitude because we come back they will be ready to go".