No sooner had the Premier League title made its way officially into the hands of Manchester City did Ole Gunnar Solskjaer make his demands clear to the Manchester United board.

In the immediate aftermath of his side's 2-1 defeat to Leicester at Old Trafford on Tuesday - which mathematically crowned their rivals as champions - Solskjaer's request was clear.

"You know if you want to take up the challenge with them of course we need to strengthen our squad," he told BT Sport . "We want to take the next step and it might be that we need a couple more to have a strong squad."

Hardly an unreasonable request from the United boss, though certainly more difficult in these pandemic times we are in.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has demanded more additions to boost his squad
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has demanded more additions to boost his squad

New arrivals will cost money, and it seems the bulk of Solskjaer's transfer kitty could go on one marquee signing, with Jadon Sancho tipped to be the man through the door this summer.

United will likely be priced out of a move for Harry Kane, but tying Edinson Cavani down to a new one-year deal appears to signal their intentions to bide their time to move for Erling Haaland next summer anyway.

Either that or Mason Greenwood could well fill the void as United's No.9 - a more likely solution if Sancho is drafted in to the right side of their attack.

But it seems Solskjaer's request to the United hierarchy goes deeper than just his starting XI, on a night where he made 10 changes to his side and was left with either ageing legs or inexperienced youth.

Yet it may be becoming clearer with every passing week how Solskjaer plans to help solve the problem at hand.

Jesse Lingard has impressed on loan at West Ham
Jesse Lingard has impressed on loan at West Ham

Jesse Lingard continues to thrive out on loan at West Ham, and the likelihood of the midfielder sticking around at United after the summer appears to be increasing.

United's stars are seemingly even launching a charm offensive to convince him to stay and fight for his place next season.

"If you see Jesse, I think Jesse, at the moment, if you watch the last 10 games, has been top, top, top level," Bruno Fernandes told MUTV. "'For me, if you watch the last 10 games, he's been the best player in the Premier League, scoring and assists in every game.

"Everyone here is really, really happy for him. He has confidence back, he has his swag back, because he is feeling confident. We are really, really happy for what he's doing."

Solskjaer has always been open to keeping the England international though it seems the final decision will rest with Lingard himself, whose sale could still attract a sizeable figure to add to the transfer kitty.

That is also the case with fellow loanee Diogo Dalot, currently plying his trade at AC Milan where he has been impressing his coaches.

Diogo Dalot has been performing well at AC Milan but is due back at United in the summer
Diogo Dalot has been performing well at AC Milan but is due back at United in the summer

Dalot's versatility could prove a real asset next season given he can play on either flank in both defence and further forward in midfield, as well as wing-back for when Solskjaer alters his tactics.

Reports in Italy (via Milan24news ) claim that the Serie A club are already looking to open talks about signing Dalot permanently, but their valuation of the Portuguese falls below the price United would be looking to sell him for.

Last summer United would have been willing to offload both players without much second thought.

Indeed even in the last few weeks he may have been more open to selling them on, rather than retaining them.

But their form for their respective sides may have offered them a lifeline, particularly now Solskjaer is focusing on boosting United's strength in numbers.

Both Lingard and Dalot would likely attract other clubs if made available, but finding suitable replacements that can hit the ground running is not always guaranteed, while their ability to each play in several positions only heightens their value to the team.

And Solskjaer will be aware he could do worse than keeping them both at close quarters, especially if he has any plans on dethroning their noisy neighbours anytime soon.