Erik ten Hag may have to continue relying on the existing options in his ranks going forward, with Manchester United struggling to make any significant headway in their search for a new goal-scorer.
Having pulled out of the running for Harry Kane due to Tottenham Hotspur’s hardline stance, the Red Devils set their sights on Rasmus Højlund. But Atalanta’s asking price of €100m for the relatively unproven striker has thrown United’s transfer plans into disarray.
Ten Hag has to strengthen multiple areas, including the goalkeeping and midfield department, within a limited budget set by the Glazers. As such, the Dutch coach may have to get creative with his choices – both in the summer window and on the field. In this regard, United have taken encouraging steps.
Manchester United on the verge of extending Rashford’s contract
Marcus Rashford was Ten Hag’s most prolific player last term, as he became the first United player with 30+ goals in a single season since Robin van Persie in 2012-13. If the club fail to bring in a new goal-scorer, the 25-year-old is likely to lead their frontline for another season.
However, with his contract approaching its final 12 months, there are some worries over his long-term future at Old Trafford. But as per Fabrizio Romano, United are now in the final stages of the negotiations over a new deal with the England forward.
The Italian journalist tweeted: “Manchester United are on the verge of reaching an agreement with Marcus Rashford over new long term deal. He’s set to accept the proposal.”
“Final details to be sorted – here we go soon,” he further added.
Although the United boss would be delighted with this development, there’s no doubt he’d prefer to have a new goalscorer at his disposal for the new campaign.