Former Old Trafford favourite Solskjaer was back in familiar territory on Tuesday as he saw his rock-bottom Bluebirds slip to a 2-0 Premier League defeat at the hands of the reigning champions.
Finding a way out of their current predicament is the challenge facing the Welsh outfit, and fresh faces will undoubtedly aid their cause.
Solskjaer has been able to complete a number of deals, with Kenwyne Jones the latest arrival from Stoke City, but he hopes there will be more to come.
His strong ties to United could work in his favour as he endeavours to win the race for Zaha's signature, and the Norwegian is confident the tricky winger will soon be added to his ranks.
He told Sky Sports on his transfer plans heading into deadline day on Friday: "Hopefully we will get Wilf on loan signed from this place, then we're looking good.
"He's got that urgency in the last third - pace, power, he will bring that along with Kenwyne in the final third. They are players who will add something to what we've already got, because we have got some great players here. I'm really looking forward to the next game."
Solskjaer believes there are plenty of positives for his side to take forward, with their performance against United - which saw them fall to goals from Robin van Persie and Ashley Young - suggesting that they have the stomach for a survival scrap.
With his side sat just one point from safety, the Bluebirds boss added: "We played some nice football, but nice football doesn't always get you points.
"They started better than us, obviously got the goal, and then it's hard to come to Old Trafford and try to peg them back.
"But I'm pleased with the football we played and the possession we played, but in the last third we need to be a bit more direct and a bit more threatening in behind. The second half was much better than the first half.
"I know my squad. They are a good bunch of players, you could see that today with the possession we played and the football we played. Now we just need to start adding in the last third, we need to be more threatening and score goals.
"We have got a few home games next month and we need to start putting points on the board."