It is true that losing Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard did not help Manchester United one bit, but how much difference would they genuinely have made over a full 90 minutes against a Paris Saint-Germain team who were simply better on the night?
It is painfully ironic that the very tactic of counterattacking which was linked to be the home-side's go-to measure turned out to be their bane. This is unsafe as you can be caught on the counter, but we played with a good structure and mental approach and a huge amount of confidence.
"But we are not going to lose time thinking about what happened". Further, the suspension of Paul Pogba for the away leg of the Champions League encounter will be a hard nut to crack given how reliant the Norwegian is on the Frenchman.
Nevertheless, Solskajer, who presided over 10 wins and a draw in his first 11 fixtures, insisted United must learn from such setbacks if they are aspiring once again to be among the cream of the European elite. "It was not easy with injuries [Neymar, Edinson Cavani] but we have great players, a great team, the match is ideal tonight".
He said: "Today we weren't at the level".
"But we also know that United are capable of winning in Paris - you can't rest on your laurels and start thinking about the quarter-finals now....its only halftime", he said.
Back came United and Ashley Young fed Rashford, whose deflected cross-shot forced Gianluigi Buffon into a save. Solskjaer's Reds were all over the place at the end of a disappointing night.
"And we never got to grips with it in the last half hour".
Jose Mourinho has been sacked by both Chelsea and Manchester United and finally, Diego Costa left Atletico Madrid for Chelsea, won the league in his first season and then went back to the Spanish capital for another spell with Diego Simeone's side. They were levels above us, we have to be fair.
Only the wildest optimist would suggest that United have a hope of overturning this defeat in three weeks, but there is a bigger picture: the manager's position.
"When you look at [Victor] Lindelof in particular, if you put Thiago Silva next to him, I think you've got a brilliant partnership".
Up until this point, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men were unbeaten in all competitions in an impressive run that included wins against the likes of Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League and Arsenal in the FA Cup.