Despite having concerns over an ongoing period of poor form, Manchester United will prioritise a new contract with Marcus Rashford this summer.
The 24-year-old looks a shadow of his former self currently and his confidence looks to be at an all-time low.
There are times where he looks visibly disinterested and there were some murmurs of discontent around Old Trafford on Monday night when Rashford became increasingly stationery.
Fans seem to be losing patience with the club’s academy graduate, who hit back at claims he was sulking.
Rashford’s current contract at Old Trafford expires in 2023, although the Reds have the option of extending his deal by a further 12 months, which ESPN claim the club ‘fully intend’ to do.
ESPN claim that the Red Devils are ‘confident’ that the club’s number 10 is prepared to commit his future to the club, but his loss of form is an ‘issue’ that ‘coaching staff and senior figures are determined to address’.
Interim boss Ralf Rangnick claimed that Rashford was doing really well in training ahead of the FA Cup clash and was at a loss when trying to explain the England international’s poor form.
But with no goals from his last 11 matches, Rashford is arguably in the midst of the most difficult spell of his career.
Rangnick faces a difficult decision ahead of Saturday’s clash at Villa Park, does he stick by Rashford and hope he can play himself back into form, or does he take him out of the firing line completely and put him on the bench.
Despite scoring three goals from four games after making his return from shoulder surgery, ESPN claim that there is a view at the club that Rashford is yet to ‘fully recover’ from the surgery and has been ‘unable to build sufficient match fitness to rediscover his best form’.
With Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba potentially both leaving the club on free transfers in the summer, the Old Trafford hierarchy are determined to avoid a similar situation arising with Rashford.
Talks were always going to start with Rashford’s representatives regarding a new long-term deal, and it does seem that his poor form has triggered the mainstream media to create some uncertainty around Rashford’s long-term future.
With contract talks not expected to be initiated for potentially another six months, United desperately need Marcus Rashford’s focus to be on addressing his increasingly worrying poor run of form.
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