Marcus Rashford pens new long-term deal with Manchester United

Manchester United have confirmed that they have rewarded Marcus Rashford with an improved four-year contract. The England international was previously contracted with the club until the summer of 2020 but he has now penned a fresh four-year deal with the option of a further 12 months.

“Manchester United has been everything in my life since I arrived here at the age of seven. This club has shaped me, both as a player and as a person, so it is such a privilege every time I get the opportunity to wear the shirt. I want to thank Ole and his staff for everything they have done for me; they are the perfect group of coaches to learn from as I continue my development and look to push on to the next level,” he told the club’s official website.

Rashford has been a regular with the first-team over the past three-and-a-half seasons and during this period, he has amassed 45 goals for the club. Nonetheless, he has drawn criticism over the poor finishing at different stages of every season and there remain a section of the supporters, who are far from pleased with the bumper £200,000-a-week extension.

The 21-year-old has largely featured for United on the wings but he was afforded with a regular role upfront during the backend of the previous season where Romelu Lukaku was dropped to the bench. Still, he could not find much success and he ended the campaign on a disappointing note with eight-straight goalless matches.

As such, he may have to revert to the wider attacking role for the forthcoming campaign, considering the club are looking at the prospect of pursuing another marksman to lead the line. Sevilla’s Wissam Ben Yedder has been earmarked as the top target for the role, though any deal may be dependent on Lukaku being sold during the transfer window.