Marcus Rashford has been told that it would be a major ‘surprise’ if he’s not given the chance to feature under Erik ten Hag when the new season starts, although a sale cannot be completely ruled out.
The England forward has a bright to the season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, scoring three goals in four games. However, things went downhill from there, especially after Ralf Rangnick took over from the Norwegian.
The 24-year-old has not found the net or had a single assist since February, leading to talk that United might try and cash in on the player this summer.
However, the arrival of a new manager should bring with it a clean slate. To that end, Rashford is expected to get the chance in pre-season to show his worth.
He said: “I’d be very surprised if Ten Hag didn’t want to work with a player of Marcus Rashford’s ability. He had a really indifferent season this year.
“Ralf Rangnick hasn’t played him much. He often seemed to make him the last option coming off the bench.
“But he came through the academy and he’s someone you want to see doing well. Up until now he has done very well. It’s a tricky one, but I perceive Ten Hag as wanting to work with a talent like Rashford – and backing himself to get the very best out of him.
“Still, if they decide to sell, then I think he’s someone who could bring in a lot of money and who wouldn’t be short of suitors with his age and what he’s achieved.”
Ten Hag has to decide on best Rashford position
A Marcus Rashford at the top of his game will be a huge weapon for United. However, Erik Ten Hag has to decide where he wants the forward to play and stick to it.
Rashford has often suffered from his versatility, being played out wide or through the middle. But at this stage of his career, he needs to master one position and make it his own.
And that position has be as a left-sided attacker in a front three.
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Rashford only has to study how Kylian Mbappe has made himself one of the top players operating in that role.
The United star has the pace to burn players on the outside. He also has the ability to cut in on his favoured right foot and strike at goal.
And both Rashford and Ten Hag need to settle on him playing there, with Jadon Sancho operating from the right. If they do that then the supply line to whoever is playing No.9, whether it be Cristiano Ronaldo or a new signing, could give Ten Hag a real triple threat than can cause plenty of damage in games next season.