Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford will begin discussions over a new contract with the club once he returns and recovers from England’s upcoming exertions in this summer’s World Cup. Gareth Southgate’s squad are due in Russia ahead of the beginning of their campaign on Sunday evening against Tunisia, with Rashford hoping to make a big impact after a Man of the Match performance against Costa Rica last week.
The Manchester-born forward is coming off the back of a frustrating season for United, scoring 13 goals but frequently finding himself on the bench behind Jose Mourinho’s preferred choice of Romelu Lukaku up front. Still, it’s encouraging news to read in The Sun that the club still wishes to tie the talented striker down to a longer-term deal, which could include a heft pay rise.
The newspaper’s source at Old Trafford is reported to have said: “The club want to sit down after the World Cup, even if his camp want to see what Jose does in the market. The club want to hike his money up once some of the higher earners are out of the door in the next few weeks. Rash wants to be put at ease and the club want to show him how highly they value him and that he has a long future here.”
This should provide some relief for United fans after both Rashford and Anthony Martial saw their opportunities to impress dry up significantly after the January signing of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez. The Frenchman’s future has been the subject of more interest and speculation, but regardless, it’s positive to hear that United plan on tying down Rashford to a larger and longer deal. Having burst onto the scene in 2016 with a brace in the Europa League against FC Midtjylland, the Wythenshawe-born striker has gone on to score 32 goals in 123 appearances for the club.