"Especially at the start of the game, we wanted to isolate Anthony [Martial] against the full-back [Denis Odoi] and, after the joy he was getting in the first 10 minutes, we just wanted to feed him as soon as [we could] and you could see the quality he has got".
Speaking after the victory at Fulham, Solskjaer applauded the forward, stressing Martial can follow Ronaldo's foot-steps.
Before Mourinho was sacked in December, United struggled under the Portuguese boss both with the results and style of play.
"He is asking me to attack more", Martial said. To make the difference, to be more decisive. I've said in the past, we've not achieved anything yet.
"When our new coach came in he had a lot of confidence, a lot of determination, that was really helpful", he said. "We want to go for the second, the third and the fourth goal because that's just how we do things at Manchester United", Solskjaer told Sky Sports. We are trying to pay him back in kind. "They can challenge PSG's defence".
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But the Frenchman recognises that he must become more adept at sniffing out what Solskjaer calls the "ugly" goals, not least by better timing his runs in behind defenders, if - like Mbappe - he is to regularly contribute 20 or more goals a season.
Martial's goal at Fulham immediately drew comparisons to Ronaldo's famous strike at Craven Cottage in 2007 from Gary Neville and the club's supporters on social media.
But for now all the focus is on PSG - a tie in which United's hopes have been helped by injuries to key forwards Neymar and Edinson Cavani for the visitors.
"He's now I think got a 50-60 per cent chance".
Manchester United's Anthony Martial scores a stunning goal in the 3-0 rout of Fulham at the weekend. The basics under Solskjaer may seem simple but they contrast sharply with Mourinho's conservative approach that left a host of expensively assembled stars paralysed by fear of making mistakes.