Marcus Rashford wants to stay at Manchester United, The Telegraph report, and he wants to earn the trust of new manager Erik ten Hag.
The report contradicts a claim from Football Insider that Rashford had told friends he wanted to quit the club.
The Telegraph report Rashford is planning to going to be training in America over the next few weeks, aiming to return to pre-season fresh and in top shape.
Rashford’s contract at United expires in 2023, although the club have an option to extend to 2024, his long term future still needs resolving.
Marcus Rashford wants to stay
The news Marcus Rashford wants to stay is just one part of the puzzle. Now he must prove he actually deserves to.
There is still no guarantee that Erik ten Hag sees him as part of his plans. Rashford ended last season in terrible form.
He scored only five goals all season, and was dropped for the final game, left out of the squad entirely.
Almost every Marcus Rashford performance in 2022 was a poor one, and the worst aspect of it was, at times there seemed to be a lack of effort.
In the home game against Chelsea, Rashford’s lack of work rate was being shown up by a 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo, and another notable incident came in the home game against Aston Villa where he decided not to chase up a rebound when the ball was there for him.
Other games he seemed to be trying too hard. The away game against Atletico Madrid was awful, and in his substitute showing against Manchester City he seemed lost.
Some of this can be attributed to a lack of clarity in instruction from his manager, perhaps. But that does not excuse the perceived lack of effort we saw at times.
Manchester United fans won’t stand for that, and nor will Erik ten Hag.
The view on Rashford is divided
Some Manchester United fans have seen enough, and feel that Rashford just does not have what it takes to be a top class player. Others feel that he deserves the benefit of the doubt, after putting his body on the line for the cause over the past couple of seasons.
Rashford scored 43 goals combined between 2019 and 2021, before taking a major step back this past season.
More than any player, Rashford needs a strong start to next season, not only to reinvigorate his World Cup hopes, but to win back his doubters and get the Manchester United fans onside.
His recent England snub can work in his favour, allowing him to start pre-season on time without delay. Now the rest is up to him. The 24-year-old has to deliver, and show Erik ten Hag he deserves to stay at the club and be part of his plans.