Marcus Rashford's Man Utd dilemma emerges as he prepares to begin new contract talks

Marcus Rashford has less than 18 months remaining on his Manchester United contract, although there is the option to extend for another year, and his future is in the spotlight

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Marcus Rashford is facing a career-defining decision as he prepares to commence talks over a new contract at Manchester United, according to reports.

The forward, 24, has less than 18 months remaining on the £200,000-per-week deal he signed in 2019, although the club has the option to extend it for another year.

Rashford has been on United’s books since the age of seven and he has racked up 91 goals in 286 appearances since his first senior call-up nearly six years ago.

He was ever-present in the starting XI under former managers Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but has struggled this season after a lengthy spell on the sidelines following shoulder surgery.

The England international has scored just three goals in 15 appearances and appeared short of confidence and his regular goalscoring touch in Monday’s narrow FA Cup victory over Aston Villa.

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Ralf Rangnick hauled off Marcus Rashford after a disappointing outing against Aston Villa



There are growing concerns Rashford’s development may be grinding to a halt as he is now under the tutelage of yet another manager, interim boss Ralf Rangnick, and his role in the side seems unclear.

That is according to the Daily Mail, which claims the player must decide whether to commit the prime years of his career to the Red Devils as part of a new deal or pursue a fresh start elsewhere.

The report adds Old Trafford chiefs expect to begin negotiations over a new contract before the end of the season.

United’s choice of permanent manager to succeed Rangnick this summer is also regarded as something which could influence Rashford’s decision.

The versatile attacker is said to feel he would benefit from the coaching of Mauricio Pochettino, who has been heavily linked with the United job despite his role as Paris Saint-Germain manager.

This appointment could help Rashford rediscover his best form after he was accused of having “no spark” by former England striker Alan Shearer after United’s 1-0 win over Villa.

“I don’t want to single out Marcus Rashford because he’s low on confidence,” the Premier League legend told BBC Sport.

Marcus Rashford must decide whether the time is right to pursue a new challenge



“We don’t know what’s going on in his personal life but I just think everything looks a huge effort for him at this moment in time there’s no spark there, he looks very flat.”

Rashford marked his return from shoulder surgery with three goals in four games in October, but he has failed to find the back of the net since then.

While Rangnick has used him as a centre-forward and on either wing, he has not nailed down a starting berth in any position under the German.

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