Manchester United are struggling even before their season has begun. The transfer window looks to be a daunting prospect as most of the club’s first choice targets are either too expensive, unavailable, or simply not interested in moving to Old Trafford and playing in the Europa League from next season.
However, that last factor may be a sticking point for a few talents currently at the roster as well. The likes of Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku had reportedly stated that they would move away if United don’t play in the Champions League next season.
Now, that particular trend may continue for another talent as well.
As per the Sun, Marcus Rashford has avoided United’s attempt to renew his contract for the long term as he is allegedly unsure about the direction the club is headed in under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
It is believed that United will have to return to winning ways and challenging for top titles for the 21-year-old to consider his future with the side. Rashford presently has two years left on his contract.
The Mancunian starlet broke into United’s first team precisely because of his antics in the Europa League and since then has slowly garnered a regular spot in the squad, as a substitute by Jose Mourinho and now as a first team regular under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
If true, this report spells a lot of hard work for the Norwegian gaffer as he’ll have to inspire confidence not just in the talents who he wishes to attract to the club but also those who are presently in their roster.
However, Rashford’s agent has posted the following on his Instagram, which is quite telling of the reality of the situation, or lack thereof.
— utdreport (@utdreport) May 18, 2019
However, if this alleged scenario continues, United may face the same dilemma that they are presently managing with David De Gea. It is clear that the club wishes to secure the long term future of their younger talents to ward off interest from other clubs.