However, United were taken aback by Everton’s £80m valuation of the striker and ended their interest in Calvert-Lewin.
The striker was signed for just £1.5m from Sheffield United four years ago but it wasn’t until the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti that the the striker found his feet in the Everton starting XI.
Calvert-Lewin has repaid the Italian’s faith in him with 13 goals in 23 games under Ancelotti, including a hat-trick in the weekend win against West Brom.
Manchester United extended Odion Ighalo’s stay at the club in July but the Nigerian’s loan move expires in January, meaning he remains a short-term solution to the club’s striker problems.
United decided against a permanent deal for the former Watford ace, suggesting that Solskjaer is keen on signing a younger striker to compliment the likes of Mason Greenwood, Rashford and Martial.
The Red Devils missed out on Dortmund ace Erling Haaland in January, which forced them into an emergency move for Ighalo.
United have scouted Lyon striker Moussa Dembele heavily in the past but the Ligue 1 giants want around £50m for the former Celtic striker.