They'd been paired with Paris St Germain, going great guns while United were misfiring badly.
Solskjaer is not only winning games like a United manager is expected to win, he is also talking and acting like one.
"Over 180 mins I would say it is a 50-50 game", said Tuchel.
With the game a real cagey affair, United will need more of the same from Pogba in the second half at Old Trafford.
"It makes it more unpredictable for us, who they will play".
They are the sort of games Solskjaer was used to in his United playing career under Sir Alex Ferguson.
He told CNN Sport: "I think this is a problem for us".
"I know Paul wants to just shield the ball so he's unlucky that he hits (Alves) on the knee", Solskjaer said.
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It was towards the end of the game and we played a very poor game and Cristiano scored it. "I don't think we are necessarily favourites", Martial said.
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Besides Pogba's near-post shot after a fine burst down the right they seemed to make all the wrong decisions when it mattered.
Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe struck in a seven-minute spell just before the hour mark as PSG displayed their credentials to finally become champions of Europe for the first time, especially once they get the world's most expensive player Neymar and Edinson Cavani back from injury.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN:PSG has been in excellent form since the start of the season, the top the Group stage ahead of Liverpool and Napoli and also sit on the top spot in the Ligue 1.
Ever since they came under the transformative patronage of Qatari wealth in 2011, PSG have regularly outspent nearly every European heavyweight, but never gone beyond the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
"They've done well together in a few games".
Solskjaer was forced into a change in first-half injury time when Lingard, who had gone down minutes earlier with what looked like a muscle tweak, was replaced by Alexis Sanchez.
"I've loved every single minute of it".
The Serbian has played an important role in the heart of midfield under Solskjaer, and the pressure will be on him to produce again following Pogba's moment of madness that sees him suspended for the return leg.