Marcus Rashford is considering his options as he prepares to open talks over a new contract at Man Utd, according to reports.
The England international started in the Red Devils’ 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round on Monday night with his poor performance leaving Ralf Rangnick scratching his head.
Rashford was guilty of some poor decision-making in a couple of important moments and some met his substitution with sarcastic cheers.
When asked why Rashford had been underperforming in recent weeks, Rangnick said: “Actually I don’t know.
“I think he’s trying hard. In training he was doing well in the last couple of days, that’s why he was quite rightly in the starting XI.
“I think in the first half we found him quite often, but we also tried to get him into the box.
“In the second half that was not that often the case and that’s why at the end of the game I decided to make two changes with Anthony Elanga and Jesse Lingard.
“It was very important to progress into the next round. Yes (confidence is important) especially for strikers – it’s important that they score goals on and off, that there are moments of success.
“Of course it would be good, for example, for Marcus if he could score a goal but as long as he’s trying, as long as he’s training well I don’t see that much of a problem.”
And now the Daily Mail claims that Rashford ‘faces a big decision over his future at Manchester United as he prepares to open talks over a new contract’.
It is understood that the 24-year-old ‘remains committed to his boyhood club’ but there are ‘fears that his career could be in danger of stalling after playing under a succession of managers and struggling to establish himself in one position’.
The Man Utd academy product ‘must decide whether to remain loyal or pursue a fresh challenge’ with the club’s ‘choice of new manager’ another potential ‘factor’.
The Daily Mail adds that there is ‘a feeling that Rashford would benefit from a man manager like Mauricio Pochettino’ who has been linked with the permanent job at Man Utd for a long time.