Manchester United failed to substitute Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku last summer, with Solskjaer declining to budge from his opinion that short-term fixes will not restore the club’s problems.
However, his ban on signing a forward has undoubtedly hindered Man United, and the club have netted just 13 times in 11 league matches so far this season.
Metro.co.uk reported on Tuesday that the club expect to make at least one signing in the winter transfer window and are closing in on an agreement for an unnamed striker.
But that’s unlikely to be enough to reinforce Solskjaer’s light squad and the Evening Standard reports the Norwegian has a six-man list for recruits.
Jadon Sancho, as reported by Metro.co.uk in the winter, remains top of the list but he is signed by Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic, Lyon’s Moussa Dembele and Everton’s Richarlison as striking options.
Red Bull Salzburg starlet Erling Haaland was handed his Molde debut by Solskjaer in 2017, and the Norwegian has been monitored heavily by Man United this time.
A striker is considered the most crucial area for United to invest in January, but Solskjaer is also keen to add a creative midfielder.
Sancho has been identified as a solution to United’s long-term problems on the right-wing, while Maddison, a boyhood United supporter, is the man Solskjaer wants to play at No.10.
The Leicester City star has thrived since signing the Foxes from Norwich, but he would be tempted to move to Old Trafford given his affection for the club.