Despite the defeat, Solskjaer - whose side travel to Wolves for an FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday - has no issues with United's performance and believes they were unlucky to lose. With an worldwide break meaning it will be two weeks before he gets his players back for a tricky Premier League clash vs. Watford at Old Trafford, he has time to ponder the challenge he faces to get United back on track and ensure something tangible is salvaged from a rollercoaster ride of a season.
"This was a big step backwards, mainly because of the quality of the possession and the passing". It's the poorest performance since I've come here.
United had won all nine of their away matches under Solskjaer until their trip to Emirates Stadium, where goals from Granit Xhaka and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang struck a blow in the top-four battle. "Of course we are disappointed, everyone is disappointed with the result today".
"It's something natural that you can't perform to the highest level all the time", he said.
Solskjaer continued: "Some of the players go away with the national teams and they'll enjoy the break". "And Wolves are a good team, you can't deny that".
"They get a great starting position and when they win the ball back, they get at you at such speed and pace".
"He's probably got his reasons why he left, so you've got to ask him", he added. We have so much to play for.
"Don't worry about the players' attitude because when we come back again we will give it a good go".