Pressure has been eased on United after a third-place finish in the Premier League which assured them of Champions League football next season, with the Europa League no longer viewed as A Get Out Of Jail free card to mask the cracks of domestic failure.
It is 326 days since Mason Greenwood fired his way into the record books with a goal that prevented Manchester United's Europa League campaign from getting off to a sticky start against the champions of Kazakhstan.
"I think it is odd and it's not football as it should be".
"The Europa League has also been about that as well". However, with the summer transfer window now open Solskjaer might just view the game as a chance to give his fringe players a lifeline, or even a final platform to put them in the shop window.
"We went into this season knowing that Europa League is a great chance for us one to get a trophy, to get far in a tournament", Solskjaer said.
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"He's professional, he's a fantastic boy and I'm delighted that we've got him in the team".
But following Wednesday's win against LASK, Solskjaer told club media and BT Sport that he is relishing the competition that Solbakken's Copenhagen side bring.
Despite his past success against the Red Devils, Solbakken knows his side are the underdogs: "Everything has to go for us and against United if we're to stand any chance", he added.
Copenhagen's Michael Santos is suspended and Ragnar Sigurdsson and Viktor Fischer are long-term absentees.
Solbakken was the Copenhagen coach and Solskjær a United player when the clubs met in the 2006/07 UEFA Champions League. They've handled the situation really well and I know our fans can't wait to get back to Old Trafford and support us. We will have to look out for their forward Jonas Wind, who will be one of the danger men after netting two goals and providing an assist against Istanbul Basaksehir.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made some changes from the side that beat LASK in the last-16 with Aaron Wan-Bissaka recalled at right-back meaning Timothy Fosu-Mensah drops to the bench.