The 19-year-old has only mustered three goals all season and United coaches see his role as more central, despite thriving from the right for most of last season.
"We had a front four with Dan [James], Juan [Mata], Jesse [Lingard], with Mason in front of him," Solskjaer explained. "With the licence to chop and change a little bit, find positions.
"Mason's a naturally floaty forward anyway, sometimes when you're young, staying through the middle is a challenge, and he tried to get a touch on the ball and got wide. I felt he benefited from this game, Mason."