Where Mourinho would be brusque and dismissive, rarely talking up United's European history, Solskjaer was quick to recall the big nights at Old Trafford that he is determined to witness again against PSG.
"I've loved every single minute of it".
For all PSG's injury problems, a double blow also rocked United in the seconds before half-time and at the break as Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial limped off to be replaced by Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata.
The winger's corner was volleyed in by Presnel Kimpembe for his first PSG goal in the 53rd minute. They have scored 28 goals in these matches and conceded just seven.
The Red Devils' night was summed up when the in-form Pogba was sent off in the closing stages for a late lunge on Dani Alves, meaning United will be without the Frenchman for the second leg of the tie.
What does it mean?
On the other hand, Thomas Tuchel's PSG are on top of Ligue 1 but are severely weakened due to injuries to key forwards.
Manchester United's Nemanja Matic, right vies for the ball with Paris Saint Germain's Julian Draxler during the Champions League round of 16 soccer match between Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. What is certain is Di Maria showed far more productivity in his two assists than during his forgettable spell at United.
"Let me put it another way: will Manchester United miss [Paul] Pogba, if he was not there?"
Manchester United star Paul Pogba believes the Red Devils are lucky that Neymar is injured ahead of their meeting with Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. - Mbappe became the third player to score in his first three away Champions League appearances in England, after Luis Enrique and Edin Dzeko.
No team has ever managed to progress following a 2-0 home defeat in the first leg of a Champions League knockout phase, meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer really does need to produce a miracle.
A familiar failing of PSG's inability to challenge for the Champions League in past seasons has been poor form on the road against elite opposition.