Erik ten Hag tells Marcus Rashford that Manchester United is “best place to be” for him
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has urged Marcus Rashford to sign a new contract and has told the forward that the Old Trafford side is where he should stay.
In December, the Red Devils triggered a one-year extension in the forward’s deal. As a result, the 25-year-old’s current contract will expire in the summer of 2024.
However, speaking to the media via Metro, Ten Hag has advised the England international to stay put at United. The gaffer feels the Manchester-based club is the “best place to be” for the academy graduate.
“I think he understands Man United is his club, that’s first. But also, in this environment, in this team, I think he is playing his best football.
“Then, I would say this is the best place to be because we want to construct the best team, first in England, then in Europe, then in the world.”
Rashford seems to have found his feet once again under Ten Hag. In the previous campaign, the 25-year-old looked low on confidence and was unable to make an impact when called upon.
However, the Dutch manager’s arrival has revitalised the England international’s performances. The forward is currently the Red Devils’ leading goalscorer this season.
Rashford has shouldered the burden of the Old Trafford side’s attack. In the current campaign, the 25-year-old has made 28 appearances in all competitions, finding the back of the net 17 times and providing six assists.
The forward also shone for the Three Lions in Qatar. Gareth Southgate’s team reached the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Cup but lost to France.
United’s other attacking options have not been as reliable this season. Anthony Martial has struggled with injuries, while Jadon Sancho and Antony have not been consistent. Alejandro Garnacho has shown glimpses of his talent, but the 18-year-old is still young.
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Therefore, considering our reliance on Rashford, it would be wise for us to tie him down to a long-term deal. Hopefully, the Old Trafford side are able to convince the 25-year-old to commit his future to the club.