It's disappointing for the Red Devils who won their first two group games - but Solskjaer can't decide how his team should react.
He spoke to BT Sport following the game and told them: "As a footballer, you can't feel sorry for yourself."
Seconds later, he followed up with: "You've just got to, errr... feel sorry for yourself for a few minutes tonight and then move on to Saturday."
The 47-year-old's wry smile shows he is probably trying to lighten the mood after a poor evening.
Nevertheless, tensions are running high among United fans after the result and they're furious with their manager.
What even is this? If he's like this in the dressing room then the players need all they help they can get :sob: https://t.co/wEZHO8AyVk- J #FreeDonny (@Jamla87) December 9, 2020
If this isn't a David Brent line then I don't know what is. :joy: https://t.co/C38Dasj378- CHARLIE (@charlieanthony2) December 9, 2020
I mean what can I say, Ive been a loyal United supporter since I was the age of 6 ! No words can be said. Absolute gutted ! https://t.co/tzQImI27tq- chupa chups:lollipop: (@rhmsufi) December 9, 2020
Just feel snide on Ole now! He's in way to deep, deeper than he could ever of envisaged. Will always be a legend at the club, but he isn't a Manchester United manager. The signing's haven't been bad, but the tactics have been a little strange from day one, he's had 2 years! https://t.co/dDEvvzvCKd- Tom Bradbury (@TomFROSTbrad) December 9, 2020
Leipzig took the lead inside two minutes through Angelino, with the on-loan Manchester City defender firing past David de Gea.
Amadou Haidara doubled their lead in the 13th minute and Julian Nagelsmann's side were in cruise control, having a goal disallowed in the first half as well.
A mix-up in the United defence allowed Justin Kluivert to dink over de Gea and give Lepizig an important third goal in the second half.
Bruno Fernandes scored a penalty and Paul Pogba scored a header to bring the scores to 3-2, making it a nervy finale.
That's how the game would end however and United have dropped down to the Europa League, a competition they reached the semi-finals of last season.
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