Manchester United ‘ready to trigger Marcus Rashford extension’

Manchester United are reportedly planning to trigger a 12-month extension to Marcus Rashford’s contract if they fail to agree a new long-term deal for the striker by January.

Manchester United would be prepared to trigger an extension in Marcus Rashfordto ensure the forward will stay at the club until 2024.

The 24-year-old hasn’t lived up to his potential under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rannick last season and was even linked with a departure from Old Trafford during the summer window.

The arrival of Erik ten Hag sparked a reversal of fortune for Rashford, however, and the Dutchman affirmed his desire to keep the England international on the books.

Rashford is reaping the rewards of starting the new campaign as a centre-forward for the Red Devils, registering three goals and two assists in six Premier League appearances.

With Antoine Martial struggling with injuries and Cristiano Ronaldo becoming a peripheral figure at Old Trafford, Rashford appears to be relaunching his career with the 20-time English champions.

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However, the Red Devils youth product has now entered the final 12 months of his contract with the club, although a one-year extension clause could be triggered.

Man United reportedly want to extend Rashford’s contract, and according to The Expressthe Old Trafford team are preparing to activate their 12-month extension.

Such an option is likely to be a last resort, however, as Ten Hag’s side are reportedly keen to tie Rashford down to a new long-term deal until the summer of 2027.

Talks are reportedly underway with Rashford’s representatives but he could discuss a pre-contract deal with overseas clubs in January if negotiations fail to produce a positive solution by then.

Rather than risk Rashford voiding his contract and leaving for free amid interest from Paris Saint GermainMan United will supposedly trigger his extension to ensure he still has at least 12 months left on his contract.

Marcus Rashford in action for Manchester United on August 7, 2022© Reuters

Rashford is said to earn around £180,000 a week at the Theater of Dreams, and he can expect a significant pay rise if he agrees to a new long-term deal.

The Englishman has now racked up 96 goals and 60 assists in 309 outings in all competitions in a Man United shirt, winning the Europa League, FA Cup, EFL Cup and Community Shield at senior level.

Rashford was due to be recalled in England’s crop for September’s Nations League fixtures amid his solid form but he was ruled out Gareth Southgateafter suffering a muscular problem.

Ten Hag will hope to have Rashford fit and firing when the Red Devils resume their Premier League campaign against Manchester City at the Etihad for the Manchester derby in October.

The 24-year-old’s remarkable exploits in September also saw him nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award alongside Kevin De Bruyne, Alex Iwobi, Philip Billing, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Jacob Ramsay.

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