Getting on the scoresheet again for United has been a long time coming for Fred, with the Brazilian drawing a blank in each of his last 53 matches in a red shirt.
Even Solskjaer expressed his surprise at the former Shakhtar Donetsk man's new-found sharpness in front of goal, revealing it was something the pair had joked about privately.
“Fred, I wasn't sure if I was going to be alive for the next time he was going to score, he's had so many attempts," the manager told reporters.
“[He scored] one with his right and one with his left. It's been an on-going joke between the two of us of course, but he got the goals and I'm very pleased for him."
Tahith Chong, who set Fred up for his second goal, also said how delighted he was for his team-mate.
“It's amazing for him to get a goal as he does a very good job in midfield, winning the ball and playing it forward," Chong said.
“For him to get two goals is amazing."