Manchester United will now turn their attentions towards preparing for their crunch showdown against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley next weekend.
"You never anticipate setbacks, when you're at Man United you expect to go into next game and you expect the players to expect to win the game and I expect any Man United team I put out to win the next game", said Solskjaer.
"You can't ask for more than going through but the way we played wasn't the best", Solskjaer told the BBC.
The decision to make nine changes saw the home side toil against the well-drilled Royals and the Norwegian held his hands up afterwards.
"It is working for me now but it is working also for the rest and the team is benefiting from that".
"It's early days", said Solskjaer.
'It'll be a time to get some fitness work and work hard with them, so, if any of the players think it's a holiday, they're wrong. So far, we have only kept 3 clean sheets and conceded 32 goals in 21 Premier League fixtures.
Strong US jobs growth makes 'mockery' of market fears
And the jobless rate rose from a five-decade low to 3.9 per cent, reflecting more people actively seeking work. He also defended his independence, saying he would not resign if requested Donald Trump asked.
These games - ones United are expected to win easily - can sometimes be quiet but that wasn't the case here.
"And the way how he wants us to play really benefits me because he wants me to be in a position where I want to be, so he understands what type of striker you are and he just plays to your strengths".
"I'm sure they've got their targets, I'm here to voice my opinion on that and I'm sure we'll sit down, me and Ed [Woodward] if we've got anything in the pipeline".
But the fans might not be able to see the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in action since the manager will surely have plans to rotate his squad and give some game time to all the fringe players.
"He's been out a month now, he's had 20 minutes against Newcastle, half an hour maybe".
"Newcastle away, I thought that was a professional performance". Like his United team-mates, the forward did not have much meaningful time on the ball and looked like his confidence was beginning to slip with frustration sneaking.
"It's not easy to come from the situation that we are in and show the intensity and courage, and good ideas, positive ideas, positive football. The club needs to move on and move up the table".