'Manchester United could never win the ball back and when they had the ball they lost it very quickly because Paris Saint-Germain dominated the midfield to win the ball back.
Those issues surfaced for the first time in Solskjaer's reign as PSG exploited sloppy defending and United's flat attacking play to seize control.
"We said before the game that this result wouldn't define Ole Gunnar Solskjaer".
"They had the momentum after the first goal and controlled the game".
"And today, who would dispute that Martial is indispensable for Manchester United?".
The second goal, on the hour, was the culmination of an electric counterattack.
"It's always unsafe for him from the corners and of course a superb assist, it was a ideal pass for Kylian". "It was a nice comeback for him". It was a level up from what we're used to. I'm happy he stayed confident. "We had a lot of midfielders and not many forwards".
"We maybe need to find a different way of playing when Jesse and Anthony are unavailable".
But Solskjaer claimed Pogba did not deserve to get a second booking for his challenge on Dani Alves.
The Norwegian is still in the dark about his long-term future as United seek a long-term successor to Mourinho but executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said he has been "delighted" with the 45-year-old's impact.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjær on Tuesday evening asked Chilean winger Alexis Sanchez to step up after an underwhelming performance against PSG in the Champions League.
"It was one of those experiences that can go either way", Solskjaer said. "We're not going to give updates part way through".
"On the touchline with Jose Mourinho" will see the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager discuss the upcoming knockout stages of the Champions League as well as other talking points from the world of football as they unfold.
In the wake of the defeat, Solskjaer has now threatened to drop any United player caught sulking.
The pay-off for Mourinho was less than reported in some quarters but more than double the £8.4m it cost United to sack predecessor Louis van Gaal and four times the £5.2m hit from axing David Moyes in 2014. A repeat of that 3-0 win in Paris next month would take United through to the quarterfinals.