"We were without chances - only United had one big one when Alisson made an excellent save - the rest were set-pieces".
"We played Alexis inside more with Rom, and it worked well with Diogo as the wide right and the winger on the other side".
The Frenchman was not going to let the defeat get him down, though, as he collared Paul Pogba, Romelu Lukaku and Eric Bailly for a selfie before they left the pitch.
Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial are all on the sidelines, while Marcus Rashford is in doubt after suffering an ankle knock during last Sunday's 0-0 draw with Liverpool. Two very good finishes, could have had another one as well earlier on, so I'm very pleased for Rom. Luke Shaw's bombing run inside from the touchline created the opportunity for the Belgian, who still had a lot to do - taking a touch before tucking the ball nonchalantly past the Palace keeper into the bottom right corner to put United one-up.
"Play well when he (Fred) gets a chance, keep on training as he does, keep working", he said, according to Sport360.
The Norwegian said that United's young midfielder James Garner is Michael Carrick but 20 years younger.
Even United's injury crisis has been linked to United's shift to a more attacking style, with Solskjaer happy to play along with that explanation.
"We need to deal with that better because the game still was on and when the game stopped it kind of killed our momentum and we had to go again". The injury epidemic is far more likely to be a coincidence; but the vibe around the club is that the good times are back, and anything - even bad news stories - are being related back to the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.
Seemingly having sealed the game, United dropped off the tempo and became a tad complacent, only for the Eagles to punish them for their lack of concentration.
Belgium worldwide Lukaku helped to put them on course for three points in south London with a pair of well-taken efforts either side of half-time.