Paul Pogba’s red card at home to Paris Saint-Germain was a kick in the teeth for Manchester United.
United fell flat on Solskjaer’s first European night as interim boss, losing 2-0.
If the second leg did not look daunting enough already, being asked to do it without record signing Pogba is probably asking too much.
United are now without their whole first choice midfield, with Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic injured.
To compound matters, Juan Mata, Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard are all out too.
It’s to Solskjaer’s credit that United have kept up an unbeaten domestic record, and tonight’s game away to PSG has become a ‘free hit’.
There are few expectations, and even with Pogba, it would be false hope to expect a win.
So instead of having Pogba toiling in Paris, he will be resting up ahead of another crucial game.
United play away at Arsenal on Sunday, and having a fully fit and fresh Pogba will be so important.
Arsenal are in form and just one point behind United at present. This is a chance to extend our lead.
Pogba is the one player United couldn’t afford to get injured in the week, or even return too tired.
It has lined up well for United, that there is an immediate benefit to the blow of having Pogba suspended.
Arsenal play away at Rennes in the Europa League 24 hours later, giving United an extra 24 hours to recover.
The Gunners also saw midfielder Lucas Torreira suspended last weekend, meaning he will miss Sunday’s game.
A fully rested Pogba and Arsenal without Torreira means it’s advantage United on Sunday.