A 3-2 defeat to Red Bull Leipzig sent United tumbling out of Europe’s premier competition and into the Europa League, putting Solskjaer under fire once more.
He acknowledged everyone associated with the club is ‘disappointed’ by the squad’s latest setback but has little time to wallow in his own misery ahead of such a big Premier League fixture.
One point separates the two Manchester clubs, with Manchester City sat one place behind in seventh after a peculiarly slow start to the campaign.
Both remain in touching distance of league leaders Tottenham Hotspur despite slow starts and each have a game in hand on the other teams above them.
So, as ever, there’s still a huge feel to the local derby and Solskjaer suspects it’s the perfect game for his team to bounce back in.
And he told his players they have to dust themselves off quickly if they’re to be ready for Pep Guardiola’s side.
‘You want a game as soon as possible,’ Solskjaer told MUTV.
‘You want a big game. You want something to lift their spirits because it’s not easy.
‘Going out of this tournament is very disappointing. It’s a hard knock to everything. I understand that, but I’m pretty sure we’ll be ready for Saturday again.
‘The boys have a massive game on Saturday and that’s the one they’ve got to look forward to and I’m going to look forward to.’
United captain Harry Maguire echoed his manager’s view.
It’s the perfect game to have,’ said the England centre-back.
‘The boys are so disappointed, I’ve got to pick them up, the gaffer’s got to pick them up. It’s a massive game. There’s no better feeling than winning a Manchester derby at Old Trafford.
‘At the moment, we’re disappointed but, tomorrow, we need to switch off and try to recover and make sure we rest.
‘Then, on Thursday, we prepare for a big game. We need to give the fans something to cheer about.’