Manchester United’s stance on Marcus Rashford’s future comes to light after Leicester snub

Manchester United want forward Marcus Rashford to stay at the club and get his career back on track 

According to The Sun, Manchester United are keen to keep hold of forward Marcus Rashford despite the player turning out to be in poor form this season, as they look to help him get his career at Old Trafford back on track.

Rashford is going through arguably his worst spell at United, with the attacker looking low on confidence on the pitch and unable to contribute meaningfully to the side’s goal-scoring output. He has also lost his place on the wings to Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga, who seems to have replaced him in the team.

A source at the club acknowledged that the Englishman is having a really tough time this season, with interim manager Ralf Rangnick not starting the academy graduate in games where there were no other strikers available in the squad, leading Rashford to be concerned about the boss not backing him.

“Marcus is having a really tough time this season — especially in the games where he has not started even though United didn’t have another striker available. It’s happened a couple of times, so he is concerned that Ralf Rangnick just doesn’t fancy him.”

Marcus Rashford has been in poor form for Manchester United this season. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)
Marcus Rashford has been in poor form for Manchester United this season. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

This situation came about last weekend, where Rangnick preferred to play midfielder Bruno Fernandes in a false nine role to lead the attack for the side rather than start Rashford in the attacking position. Although the England international came on later, he was unable to change the fortunes of his team.

“Marcus is just staying calm”

It followed up from their game against Manchester City a few weeks ago, when the German boss deployed the same system and opted to leave Rashford out – this, despite the 24-year-old having played striker before for the club in previous seasons when the side needed him in that role.

Despite these incidents, the same source from inside Old Trafford confirmed that the potential managerial options to replace Rangnick in the summer view Rashford as a vital asset and feature strongly in their plans to rebuild the squad ahead of the new season.

“But the club have let him know that the contenders for the manager’s job have told them that he is a vital asset to the club —  and would still figure strongly in their plans to rebuild. So now Marcus is just staying calm.”

Marcus Rashford in action for Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
Manchester United want to keep Marcus Rashford next season despite his poor form. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

After a disastrous end to last season where Rashford faced heartbreak when he lost both the UEFA Europa League final and UEFA 2020 Euros on penalties, many expected the Englishman to come back strong and put his losses behind him.

However, he came into the new season looking like he had the world on his shoulders, and nothing seemed to go right for him. With the club re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo last summer, the Carrington graduate saw himself fall down the pecking order in attack with Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani ahead of him.

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Things got even worse when Rangnick refused to play him in games where both Ronaldo and Cavani were unavailable, with the German opting to play a midfielder in a role that brought Rashford to prominence at the club – the then-teenager burst onto the scene by scoring a brace at Old Trafford in a Europa League game on his debut.

Despite these incidents, it is heartwarming to see the Red Devils keep their faith in the player. It is never easy letting academy players depart the club, and with Rashford being one of the best attacking talents to come through the ranks at Carrington, it was imperative that we hold on to him than see him flourish elsewhere.