Marcus Rashford Poised to Extend Stay at Manchester United, Leaves Champions League Rivals Disappointed

In a boost for Manchester United, Marcus Rashford has reaffirmed his desire to remain at Old Trafford, leaving one of the club’s Champions League rivals disappointed in their pursuit of the talented forward, according to a second source.

Rashford has experienced a remarkable turnaround in fortunes after a challenging campaign in 2021/22, where he managed just five goals and two assists in 32 appearances. Under the guidance of new manager Erik ten Hag, the Englishman has rediscovered his best form, registering an impressive tally of 30 goals and 11 assists in 56 matches this season. It marks the most prolific campaign of Rashford’s career thus far.

Operating on the left wing or as a central striker, Rashford has thrived alongside the contributions of teammates Bruno Fernandes and Christian Eriksen, who have provided him with ample opportunities. A formidable partnership has also developed between Rashford and left-back Luke Shaw, solidifying the left flank.

While Rashford’s performances have been exceptional, his future at Manchester United has been the subject of uncertainty. With his current contract set to expire in the summer of 2024, the situation has caught the attention of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), who have been closely monitoring the Englishman amid doubts surrounding Kylian Mbappe’s future at the French club. Mbappe’s potential departure for Real Madrid has led PSG to consider Rashford as a suitable replacement, given his ability to replicate Mbappe’s impact.

However, Rashford is not headed for Ligue 1 to fill Mbappe’s shoes. On May 31, renowned transfer expert Fabrizio Romano expressed his expectation that Rashford would extend his contract with Manchester United. Romano added that both the player and the club are eager for the new deal to be finalized. The Sun has now confirmed Rashford’s desire to stay at his boyhood club, quoting a source who states, “Marcus is staying at United. He was waiting to see if the club got into the Champions League, and now they have, he is delighted. He loves playing for Ten Hag and believes he has delivered on all of his promises.”

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While Manchester United aimed to secure either the Europa League or FA Cup to accompany their earlier Carabao Cup triumph, they suffered a quarter-final defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League and a final loss to Manchester City in the FA Cup. As a result, the Red Devils have only clinched one piece of silverware this season.

Rashford will be eager to build upon his excellent form in the upcoming 2023/24 season and assist Manchester United in their quest to challenge rivals Manchester City for the Premier League title. However, it is clear that United cannot solely rely on Rashford for goalscoring. They must bolster their attacking options by adding a high-quality striker to replace the likes of Anthony Martial and Wout Weghorst during the summer transfer window.

Recent reports suggest that Randal Kolo Muani and Rasmus Hojlund are on Ten Hag’s radar as potential signings, while Manchester United’s pursuit of Harry Kane has garnered interest from Real Madrid.

Meanwhile, Ten Hag is scheduled to hold discussions with one of his Manchester United players who expressed their desire for more playing time, setting the stage for a potential resolution in the near future.

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