Manchester United will prioritise a fresh deal for Marcus Rashford this summer in spite of the forward’s worrying run of form.
His current contract at Old Trafford expires in June 2023 but the Red Devils have the option to extend that by a further one year.
While the board intend to take that option, they are poised to secure his future beyond that by tying the academy graduate down to a new long-term contract, according to a report from ESPN.
The club risk losing Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba for free this summer with both stars in the final six months of their respective deals at the club.
The hierarchy at the Premier League giants are eager to avoid a similar situation unfolding with Marcus.
He began the campaign on the sidelines after undergoing successful shoulder surgery following England’s UEFA Euro 2020 campaign – where the player missed a penalty in the final defeat to Roberto Mancini’s Italy.
While he netted against Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur after returning in October, the 24-year-old frontman has endured a troubled season where he has failed to net in his last 11 games.
Marcus was heavily criticised for his showing against Aston Villa in the FA Cup and was finally replaced in the 86th minute.