Things are already looking incredibly different at Manchester United with the dark cloud of 3rd-year-syndrome-Jose- Mourinho now a thing of the past.
Despite Paul Ince’s deluded opinion that just about anyone could pull things around at United – including himself, strangely – Ole Gunnar Solskjær has worked absolute wonders to get the players back on board and inject a bit of identity back into their game.
Paul Pogba is finally showing signs of consistency and quality to back up his dabbing frenzies, Anthony Martial is his opportunity to shine, Marcus Rashford is being played in the correct position, and Victor Lindelöf has firmly rescued himself from the “flop” pile. Even the draw against Burnley showed signs of classic Ferguson-era Manchester United.
What will excite fans the most, however, is Solskjær’s work off the pitch. One of the club’s most prized positions, Anthony Martial, has already signed a contract keeping him in Manchester until 2024 (source: manunited.com). A miracle, given just how reportedly close he was to leaving just a few months ago.
Now, attention is turned to their next superstar, Marcus Rashford.
The forward’s contract is due to expire at the end of next season with an option to extend for a further year if the club so wish. Reports from the Telegraph suggest that United are preparing to double Rashford’s current wage to more than £150,000 a week with bonuses in an effort to secure his services for the foreseeable future.
There’s every reason for United fans to be excited about this. Solskjær’s faith in Rashford as the starting striker has been repaid with the young forward returning six league goals in eight games, and showing signs of a developing lethal partnership with Paul Pogba – who has also been given a new role as the designated number 10.
The times are most certainly changing at Manchester United. For Rashford too, things could really be on the up.
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