Matt Hughes, who is a reputed journalist, has an exclusive story on Marcus Rashford published in today’s edition of The Times.
Update on Rashford’s contract:
Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford, is reportedly frustrated at the lack of regular game time he has had this season. He is concerned whether he will ever be given an extended run in the first team. This is the main reason why he is withholding his signature on a new contract.
More grievances against Mourinho
Rashford feels that he has gone backwards this season. He enjoyed a spectacular start to his career last year, earning a late call-up to Roy Hodgson’s squad for the European Championships.
This season, he has scored three Premier League goals, but none of them has come since September. Furthermore, he has been used primarily in wide positions by Mourinho.
Rashford signed a new contract only five months back that will keep him at the club till 2020. He is in no rush to sign a new deal. His first priority is to get regular games under his belt, and wants to shape a good career at Old Trafford.
United are not willing to sell him under any condition. The club demonstrated their desire to keep him after they rejected approaches from West Ham United and Seville to sign him on loan last month.
Before going into further argument, let us check what Mourinho said recently about Rashford:
I’m always happy with Marcus’s contribution. He’s one of these players that, when he is on the pitch, he tries. When he’s on the pitch, he gives you always something.
He’s not any more the surprise kid, he’s a player that everybody respects, that everybody knows, that everybody knows the qualities and it’s normal that he’s in this period of transition where he’s still a kid but he’s not any more the new kid in town.
He says that he is learning so much, even in tactical meetings, even in training sessions. He’s learning so much, so I think his future will be brilliant.
Judging by our manager’s comment, it seems Mourinho rates him highly. The 19-year-old has made 17 starts in all competitions, which shows that he is an integral part of Mourinho’s plans. Hardly a lack of opportunity!
On the flip side, it is not easy for any natural goalscorer to play out wide every week. Rashford is a wonderful young talent, but he is hardly going to develop, unless he plays in his natural position.