And with the team looking revitalized under Solskjaer's stewardship, optimism is rising as United prepare to welcome Paris Saint-Germain to Old Trafford in the Last 16 of the UEFA Champions League next week. Because, going into every game thinking they can win it has not been the most conspicuous of aims since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
"This game was very important, like you can see we are fourth, even though Chelsea haven't played".
I have worked with the players, they know what I want and I know what we're capable of.
The France worldwide marked his first start since that contract with an assist and a superb second in the 3-0 win against Fulham, where his fine solo goal led ex-United captain Gary Neville to compare it to a Ronaldo effort at Craven Cottage in 2007.
Tuesday's first leg kicks off a big few weeks for United, whose hopes of progressing past PSG and reaching the quarter-finals have been bolstered by Neymar's absence. I remember Cristiano Ronaldo scoring a goal over the far side some years ago that wasn't too dissimilar - this is equally as brilliant. But, like I said, we have big games coming up.
"But my players are very.... not anxious, but they want to score immediately to draw the match and against big teams that is hard and we conceded to them the counter-attack".
'There is just a positivity about the place, to grind results out when we're not playing well, to play forward, to play with intent and objective - and that's exactly what we're doing. "The big teams now they just stay there".
And whilst Sessegnon was quiet, along with many of his team-mates, in the defeat, it seems that it hasn't put off the Old Trafford outfit from making a bid once the transfer window re-opens.