After Onana Manchester United reach agreement in principle with forward

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag acknowledges fans before the match.

Manchester United are close to tying down Marcus Rashford to a long-term deal REUTERS/Peter Powell.

Erik ten Hag’s first season at the helm of Manchester United was largely one of positives. The sole piece of silverware breaking a dry spell was certainly much-needed, even if critics can rightly point out that the Europa League and FA Cup were within striking distance. The Premier League finish was likewise positive but at one point the club could have gone for a title challenge themselves.

However, no one can deny that the biggest positive of the campaign was the stupendous season that Marcus Rashford enjoyed. His goal-scoring numbers were a career-topping achievement and if not for minor injury woes, the English forward seemed hungry for more.

In fact, with a form like his and a player of his caliber, even a minor contract extension can be thought of as comparable to securing a major transfer. As such, it comes as little surprise that there is a massive development in the making involving the 25-year-old.

Rashford offered five-year deal by Manchester United

David Ornstein exclusively reported that Manchester United have agreed in principle to tie Rashford to the club at least until 2028. The contract which will contain this assurance, amidst other purported benefits, is in the final stages of negotiation with the player and his representative.

Further, the report adds that this deal is being penned in view of other interests for the player’s signature. It is understood that Rashford had offers from England and elsewhere in Europe at the highest level, which he rejected.

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To add to the joy, the fact that Andre Onana’s transfer from Milan is also agreed makes this news one of two brilliant deals before the squad moves to the US leg of their pre-season.

Ten Hag clearly has his priorities in the right places with these two moves. With 30 goals to his name in all competitions, Rashford obviously represents the potential that the club desperately desires if yet another rebuild is to soar consistently.