The lowdown: Difficult season
Rashford endured a tough 2021/22 campaign and finished the season with just seven direct goal contributions in 32 appearances across all competitions.
As a result, the 24-year-old has been left out of Gareth Southgate’s most recent England squad and will miss the upcoming UEFA Nations League matches for the Three Lions.
With Erik ten Hag officially starting at United this week, one of the Dutchman’s first orders of business could be to address the future of Rashford at Old Trafford…
The latest: Bayern interested in Rashford
It’s suggested that the Bundesliga champions are monitoring the Red Devils academy graduate, but have seemingly made Liverpool ace Sadio Mane their attacking priority this summer.
The report claimed that the versatile forward, who was once dubbed ‘different class’ by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer following a 4-1 victory over Bournemouth in 2018, ‘wants to stay’ in Manchester and will ‘undergo intense warm weather training’ with the squad.
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The verdict: Persevere with him, Erik
Learning that Rashford is willing to stay and fight for a place in Ten Hag’s plans should come as music to the ears of United supporters.
Despite the obvious issues faced during the 2021/22 season, the local lad has already amassed 150 direct goal contributions in 303 first-team outings for the club before his 25th birthday, proof of an innate ability to perform at the very highest level.
Moreover, Manchester United across the board were sub-par over the season, and the £63m-valued star wasn’t alone in underperforming, so he should be given the opportunity for a clean slate in what could be a new dawn at the club under Ten Hag.
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