Free agent Edinson Cavani was recruited on a two-year deal, while left-back Alex Telles was brought in alongside youngsters Willy Kambwala, Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellestri.
However, according to ESPN, none of these players were any that Solskjaer and his coaching staff identified as top targets, but, he was consulted about the signings and gave the green light for their arrivals.
The report states that the Red Devils boss’ shortlist included Jadon Sancho, Jack Grealish, Dayot Upamecano and Nathan Ake, none of which he received.
United failed to meet Borussia Dortmund’s £108 million price tag for Sancho by the Bundesliga club’s deadline of August 10.
Solskjaer has Mason Greenwood, Daniel James and now Diallo, 18, and Pellestri, 18, who can play in the position.
Solskjaer wanted a new partner for Harry Maguire at centre-back, but RB Leipzig’s Upamecano stayed put and signed a new deal, while Ake was snapped up by rivals Manchester City from Bournemouth.