It was far from vintage Manchester United on Saturday afternoon but they still earned a 2-0 win in their FA Cup third round clash with Reading and they were able to hand a debut to young starlet Tahith Chong.
In truth, though, Chong's performance showed that he's probably not quite ready for first-team football just yet.
"The structure is phenomenal, so I'm sure they've got their targets, I'm here to voice my opinion on that and I'm sure we'll sit down, me and Ed, if they've got anything in the pipeline".
"It has to start with the way we play because results you can not control", he said.
"I made it hard for the players to be fair on them because it's a team that's never played together".
The only downside for United came when Alexis Sanchez suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem.
"It was always going be hard with my team selection", interim boss Solskjaer said. "That's important for them because they need more game time". It far from a flawless performance and he will be annoyed to have only scored one goal, but his ability to take one of the two good chances he had was ultimately the difference between the two side. Mata takes the penalty and sends the goalie the wrong way.
There was a chance after 30 minutes when Lukaku may have fancied himself to score, but the Belgian could not get the ball out from his feet and the opportunity eventually went was Reading clearing.
Brighton & Hove Albion beat Bournemouth 3-1 away in an all-Premier League affair with Anthony Knockaert, Yves Bissouma and Florin Andone all on target.
United have won four successive matches since the Norwegian succeeded Jose Mourinho as manager. But their 2-0 win was anything but a walkover.
However, the Reds were awarded a penalty on 20 minutes after the referee had consulted with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
Austrian Marko Arnautovic put West Ham ahead early on but was later substituted because of injury.
"Now he's had 60 minutes, so it's about building up again".
Reading are chalked up as a 24/1 (25.0) chance to shock last season's FA Cup runners-up, while the draw is available at 17/2 (9.50).
Manchester United will return to Premier League action with a trip to Spurs on Sunday 13 January.