The Red Devils turned in a shambolic display en route to a 4-0 humiliation at the hands of Everton on Sunday - a sixth defeat in their last eight matches and one which leaves them playing catch-up in the top-four race.
Wednesday's derby against a Man City side that also need a win to retain control of the Premier League title race looks to be a daunting prospect, then, but it may also be exactly the type of fixture they need to jolt them back into life.
Here, Sports Mole looks at how the hosts could line up for the crucial midweek showdown.
Solskjaer made no secret of his unhappiness at United's performance against Everton on Sunday, and that could lead to changes in midweek as he tries to turn his side's poor form around.
Scott McTominay has been trusted in big games for United recently and is pushing for a recall, while Ander Herrera will undergo a late fitness test and may be thrown straight back into the starting XI if he passes it.
United also have Luke Shaw back available after suspension, which could see Diogo Dalot switch over to right-back and Victor Lindelof move central to cover for Phil Jones, who picked up a knock against Everton.