By G9ija

The Norwegian is now a certainty to be named permanent manager following a sensational three months as caretaker and the club could even make the announcement before the end of the season.

United couldn’t allow uncertainty over Solskjaer’s future to delay their plans for the summer and the 46-year-old has been included in arrangements for next season since his appointment in December.

United consulted Solskjaer over his opinion on the squad that he inherited from Jose Mourinho in January but, as the Norwegian’s confidence over getting the job on a permanent basis have grown, so too have his interactions with the board and they’re deep into planning for next season together.

Solskjaer told club executives that the club need to strengthen at right-back, left-back, right wing and attacking midfield. Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian are expected to leave the club this summer, while Ashley Young will be close to 35 years old by the time his one-year extension expires in 2020.

Luke Shaw has been Solskjaer’s first choice left-back, while Diogo Dalot is expected to increase the pressure on Young next season as he looks to make the right-back slot his own.

Solskjaer feels cover is needed on both flanks if he’s to sustain the brand of football that he wants to implement at Old Trafford, with energetic full-backs considered instrumental to his high-energy tactics.

United are interested in signing Dortmund star Jadon Sancho but are realistic about their chances of signing him this summer, even if they do view the 19-year-old as the perfect fit for the club.

An attacking midfielder is viewed as the least pressing area for investment given United have the likes of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard to play there but Solskjaer did raise the need for one during talks.

United are prepared to hand Solskjaer a budget of around £200m and will reallocate any funds raised from player sales to bolster his kitty. Solskjaer’s budget will not be determined by the club’s ability to qualify for the Champions League but it’s likely to impact their ability to attract top talent to Old Trafford.

Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal leaves United two points off the Gunners and outsiders to finish in the top four given they have, on paper, a tougher run-in than their rivals.