Resurgent Marcus Rashford set for a new long-term Manchester United contract

Manchester United (opens in new tab) are preparing to offer Marcus Rashford a new long-term contract as reward for his much-improved form over recent months.

According to Fabrizio Romano (opens in new tab), although the club have the option to extend his current deal by a year, they see him as a big part of their future plans and are looking to secure an even longer stay.

Rashford struggled last season, scoring just five goals in 32 games in all competitions, as tiredness and injuries took their toll.

His personal issues were exacerbated by the turmoil that surrounded Man United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his unpopular replacement Ralf Rangnick.

The team’s attack was redesigned to suit the returning Cristiano Ronaldo, whose impressive goal tally came at the expense of their wider aims.

United finished a disappointing sixth in the Premier League and crashed out of all cup competitions earlier than expected, prompting a drastic change of approach.

In response, Ajax (opens in new tab) manager Erik ten Hag was appointed to introduce a more dynamic and possession-oriented style of play, which has helped to bring the best out of Rashford.

He has looked much livelier and more purposeful so far this season, registering his 100th goal for the club in a 1-0 win over West Ham United (opens in new tab) last month.

That resurgence helped earn him a recall to the national team and he has performed well at the World Cup too.

Rashford scored within a minute of coming on as a substitute in England (opens in new tab)’s opening game against Iran (opens in new tab) and followed that up with a brace against Wales (opens in new tab).

The 25-year-old’s contract with Man United is set to expire next summer, but the club have no intention of letting him leave.

His versatility, work rate and technical ability are all huge assets and they intend to keep him at Old Trafford for years to come.

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Sean Cole

Sean Cole is a freelance journalist. He has written for FourFourTwo, BBC Sport and When Saturday Comes among others. A Birmingham City supporter and staunch Nikola Zigic advocate, he once scored a hat-trick at St. Andrew’s (in a half-time game). He also has far too many football shirts and spends far too much time reading the Wikipedia pages of obscure players.