Man Utd are doing brilliantly at the moment, with the Red Devil almost unrecognisable from the side that was struggling under Jose Mourinho. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was tasked with rebuilding morale and the form at Old Trafford, and he’s done better than anyone could have expected in pursuit of that aim.
Now, it’s all about him leading his team through the rest of the season with an eye on the future. There’s always a chance that he could stay, but he was brought in with one simple remit – to steady the ship – so it seems likely, at this stage at least, that he just needs to leave the team in a great position for the next Man Utd manager.
He’s done that on the field, and now matters off the field are being sorted too. Indeed, according to the Telegraph, Man Utd have opened talks with Marcus Rashford over a new contract, with the club eager to keep him at Old Trafford long-term.
Rashford has emerged as a player of the utmost importance under Solskjaer, with the Englishman featuring more prominently through the middle. He’s enjoyed a fantastic season, scoring frequently and generally being more influential than he has been previously. He’s bagged 5 goals in his last 8 games, for example.
Solskjaer’s influence in keeping him at the club can’t be underestimated. Sure, he won’t be the one negotiating terms, but his use of the Englishman – and the forward’s fine recent form – is sure to have an impact on Rashford’s plans.
At just 21-years-old, it’s clear that Rashford is a player for the future at Man Utd, and so this is as much about preparing for the next manager as it is about keeping the current squad happy. He’s going to be crucial for years to come, and he could perhaps be the player to define the next decade at Old Trafford. In helping to secure him a new deal, Solskjaer will be doing his eventual successor a huge favour.
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