Red Devils stay confident of signing Jude Bellingham from Birmingham after pulling out all the stops to beat contest from the likes of Borussia Dortmund.
The German club pipped Man United to the signing of Erling Haaland in winter, and the Norwegian boss is reluctant to lose out again in the battle to acquire one of European football’s most highly-rated youngsters.
U17 England international, who doesn’t turn 17 until June, has played 35 games in all tournaments for Birmingham this campaign and the likes of Chelsea are also in the running to add him. Red Devils gave Bellingham a guided tour of their Carrington training complex last month, and the midfielder also spent time with Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would integrate the 16-year-old youngster immediately into his first-team squad and would not consider the possibility of sending him back on loan to Birmingham.
The Norwegian coach has already promoted the likes of Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams this season, both of whom have become regular first-team footballers, while the likes of Angel Gomes and Tahith Chong have featured prominently in the cup tournaments.
Red Devils also stay interested in Borussia Dortmund forward Jadon Sancho and Aston Villa attacker Jack Grealish. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer boasts an impressive record in the transfer market since succeeding Jose Mourinho with the likes of Maguire, Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James all making promising starts to their Man United careers.
The arrival of Bruno Fernandes in winter has also galvanised the team, and the Portuguese star hopes to see the club invest in more highly-motivated and forceful personalities in the future.