Manchester United have yet to make a decision on the future of Solskjaer but it is looking increasingly likely that he will be offered the role full time.
And despite an incredible upturn in form, the current interim boss has recognised the flaws in his squad.
United have been dazzling going forward with the likes of Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba excelling.
But defensively question marks remain over their credentials.
According to the Manchester Evening News Solskjaer is planning for life without Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo.
Valencia was informed that his contract would not be renewed after a decade at Old Trafford.
Originally signed as a winger, the Ecuadorian has been moulded into a full-back where he has played for several seasons.
Another full-back who could soon be out of the door is Italian Darmian.
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The 29-year-old has been the subject of speculation across several recent transfer windows but never sealed a move away.
13 league appearances across the last two seasons suggest he is surplus to requirements in Manchester.
Rojo, another Louis van Gaal signing, is a player who is unlikely to still be applying his trade in the Premier League next season.
The Argentine has never truly lived up to expectations and United are exploring other options.
Although shipping him out the door may prove challenging given his £160,000-a-week wages and two years left on his current deal.
The club were heavily linked with Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld during the week and the Belgian will be available in the summer.
A failure to sign a dominant centre-half in the summer was the catalyst for much of the sourness between Jose Mourinho and the United hierarchy which ultimately saw the Portuguese manager dismissed.
Having shipped 40 goals already this term it looks as if the club are now ready to back their next manager, who is thought to be Solskjaer.
United are also said to be interested in Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and young Dutchman Matthijs de Ligt at Ajax.