The PSG game was Solskjaer’s first taste of defeat in 12 matches in temporary charge. But the Norwegian acknowledged that the next few weeks without Lingard and Martial, when United also face Liverpool, Crystal Palace and Southampton in the Premier League and the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie away to PSG, could provide the biggest test yet of his managerial credentials.
“It might be [the biggest challenge],” Solskjaer said. “Then again we beat Arsenal in the last cup round without Anthony and Rashy [Marcus Rashford]. Now we’re without Anthony and Jesse. I’m sure we’ll conjure up something.”
Sanchez scored against Arsenal and Romelu Lukaku provided two assists and Solskjaer is hopeful that the Belgium striker will also seize the moment. “Rom gives us something else from Jesse and Anthony so don’t worry, he’s made an impact before,” Solskjaer said.
“I’m not going to say it [the FA Cup] is the last chance [of silverware] because we are going to go to Paris and give it a go,” he added. “But the chance of going through there are slimmer than before the game. The FA Cup final is something we would really want to go to so we are going to go there and try to go through.”