United have been criticised for not signing a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who has been banging them in for Inter Milan since his summer switch from Old Trafford.
Even Alexis Sanchez, who was also allowed to leave on loan over the summer without a replacement being brought in, has found the back in Italy.
The Chilean scored on his debut for Inter on Saturday and now has as many goals for the Nerazzurri as he scored all last season in 20 Premier League appearances for the Reds.
United’s inability to bring in a striker has left Solskjaer short of attacking options for this campaign and now, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial out, 17-year-old Mason Greenwood will carry the goalscoring burden against Arsenal on Monday.
The Norwegian says you don’t have to be a “rocket scientist” to see that the club are going to recruit a new striker, but revealed that United are not looking for a short-term fix and still need to think about the long-term when it comes to the January transfer window.
He said: “There’s no point getting players in that you’re not 100 per cent sure about because when you get players in, you need the right ones that are going to stay here for a longer period.”
That suggests the likes of Mario Mandzukic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who have both been linked to United since the season began with Solskjaer’s side thrashing Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford, are not viable options.
But reported long-term target Moussa Dembele and Solskjaer’s former protege Erling Braut Haland do look to be good candidates for a converted push in the next transfer window.
Lyon’s Dembele has been on United’s radar since he was a teenager at Paris Saint-Germain, he was first linked after a stunning performance for Fulham against the club’s academy and was also scouted regularly during his time at Celtic.
The Frenchman thrives on crosses, which United’s current options do not, so would add a new dimension to Solskjaer’s side and he is no slouch in terms of pace so would suit the manager’s current style of play.
However, Haland appears to have more potential and his goal record is second to none around Europe this season. Whereas it would have been a huge gamble for United to sign a teenager with goals in the Norwegian and Austrian leagues last summer, it may not be such a risk if Haland added to his Champions League debut hat-trick by the time January comes around.
United will be watching when his Red Bull Salzburg side head to Anfield this week and, if he impresses against Virgil van Dijk and co, you can expect Solskjaer to be counting the days down to January when he can flex his muscles in the transfer market once more.