But for a game like this, at a time like this, Solskjaer needs a reliable pair of hands.
"The chances that we get, we have to put them in".
"He won us the game because at 2-1 we would have struggled to create enough".
West Ham played well from the outset and Anderson found the net after just 10 minutes when acrobatically meeting a header through from former United favourite Javier Hernandez.
United did do the double over West Ham last season though, they've knocked them out of both cups recently, and they couldn't be playing them at a better time.
West Ham have been on a poor run of their own following four losses in their last six games in the Premier League to leave the Hammers languishing in mid-table. "Then he came back and he got a different one here in training, because he's been really putting a lot of work in". Incredibly, their opponents have found the net in 13 of 15 matches there this season and Crystal Palace and Liverpool are the only two teams to fail to score at Old Trafford.
One West Ham fan said such objects are relatively typical at the club's matches.
In possession United need to be clinical, just like away to PSG.
"We got away with it, [it's] got three points". And that's where the value sits. The manager was quick to emphasise that he was not questioning the midfielder's professionalism, adding that he hoped to have Herrera fit for the Premier League home matches against Manchester City and Chelsea in late April.
The side lost four of their five games since the game in France, and fear an exit in the quarterfinal of the Champions League - unless, the players could repeat the heroics of the round-of-16. People on the internet will argue otherwise, but that says more about the internet than reality.