The Red Devis ultimately bounced back from their opening day defeat against Crystal Palace, but required a 110th minute penalty to edge a thrilling contest during which their hosts hit the woodwork on five different occasions.
United appeared to have blown two points when Solly March had deservedly drawn Graham Potter’s side level moments earlier, but Neal Maupay’s needless handball allowed Bruno Fernandes the opportunity to win the game from 12 yards.
‘You can’t really sum it up it’s emotions, it’s drama,’ said Solskjaer afterwards. ‘We got away with one to be fair I have to say.
‘When they drew at two each that’s two points lost or maybe one point was what we deserved. I don’t think we deserved more.
‘But the character deserved more. I think the reaction to the first goal, we started playing. The reaction to the second goal we went straight up the other end and created the corner.
‘That’s a big thing for us compared to last season. We didnt’ have many games, we had too many draws. We were the team that had least defeats apart from Liverpool but too many draws so that’s a big plus for us.
‘There is plenty of work to be done, we know that, the players know that we got away with one and sometimes you’ve just got to take the points knowing that we need to improve a lot.’