ERIK TEN HAG is being urged to keep faith with out-of-form Marcus Rashford.
The new Manchester United boss needs convincing that the misfiring 24-year-old forward should be part of his plans next season.
Man Utd star Marcus Rashford has struggled for form this season and has been linked with an exitCredit: Getty
Incoming boss Erik ten Hag has landed in England and is being urged to stick with the underperforming forwardCredit: Shutterstock
Ten Hag, who was pictured with agent Kees Vos leaving the club’s London HQ last night, has been discussing recruitment plans and wants a new striker to complement Cristiano Ronaldo.
But staff at the club are convinced that Rashford still has a bright future, despite his disappointing season.
Interim manager Ralf Rangnick has been at pains to emphasise how good Rashford is in training — but remains at a loss as to why he cannot transfer that form to match days.
This season has seen his worst scoring return since breaking into the first team back in 2015-16.
Rashford has just five goals after netting 22 and 21 in the previous two seasons.
He is worried about his place in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup in Qatar in November.
His current deal runs until 2023 — with United having an option to extend by a further year.
Local lad Rashford had never wanted a move away from Old Trafford but did start considering it this season over a lack of starts.
United staff hope Dutchman Ten Hag can get him firing again and want the ex-Ajax boss to give him a shot.
Aside from those out of contract, one player who looks to be up for sale is right-back Aaron Wan Bissaka, 24.
Signed for £50million in 2019, the player has disappointed following a bright start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Red Devils chiefs are willing to listen to offers.
United go into Sunday’s final game of the season at Crystal Palace — where Ten Hag will be in the stands before officially starting work on Monday — already guaranteed their lowest points total in Prem history.
Assistant Mitchell van der Gaag, Ten Hag’s assistant at Ajax, has also been at United’s Mayfair offices with Steve McClaren.
He is set to return as first-team coach.
McClaren had worked as No 2 to Sir Alex Ferguson from 1999 to 2001, playing a role in the club’s famous Treble within months of arriving.
United are currently sixth and in the Europa League places.
But they could drop down into seventh, and the Europa Conference League, if rivals West Ham win and they fail to get all three points at Selhurst Park.
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