Old Trafford ‘the best place’ for ‘brilliant’ Rashford as pundit reveals what could lead to Man Utd exit

Date published: Thursday 2nd February 2023 7:01 - Jason Soutar

Marcus Rashford applauds the fans

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes Old Trafford is the best place to be for Marcus Rashford with his future at the club up in the air.

Rashford has entered the final 18 months of his Red Devils contract and has been linked with a move to Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain.

The England forward has been in terrific form this term following the appointment of Erik ten Hag as manager.

In 30 matches across all competitions, the 25-year-old has scored 18 goals, which is an even more impressive return when you take into account his poor form in 2021-22.

Ten Hag recently claimed that Old Trafford is the best place for players to be as he looks to build the best team in the world, and ex-United striker Saha does think staying in Manchester is the best thing for Rashford given his upturn in form.

Asked if he expects Rashford has the desire to remain loyal to United or if he will fancy playing elsewhere, Saha told GGrecon: “I think he’s got a bit of both. He’s a very clever lad and at the same time he’s very loyal.

“He has suffered over the last two years from poor performances and a bad approach in games, but he’s recovered from that.

“What a recovery it’s been. He’s just been brilliant and I don’t want to see those types of performances stop.

“I can see him repaying the club for all they’ve given him and repaying the faith his manager has in him. I can’t see him leaving the club when he’s in such good form and I do believe Manchester United is the best place for him because he’s scoring goals, he can reach a level of recognition and be considered amongst the top ten players in world football and go from there.

“A move to another club can be something he looks for in two or three years’ time. Why not? If he wins the Premier League with Manchester United and brings it back to Old Trafford, then I can see him leaving then.”

Ten Hag is clearly a very ambitious manager and has already turned United’s fortunes around.

Saha is confident that the Dutchman can Make Manchester United Great Again, but thinks there is a long way to go.

“I am more confident but at the moment it’s a bit difficult to be too confident in these claims that Manchester United is the ‘best place’ for players,” Saha explained. “They’re still in transition and there are other clubs that are doing great.

“I do believe they have a good momentum under Erik ten Hag and they’ve improved in many areas that they needed to improve in. Erik has managed to get certain players back into form and the team is playing exciting football going forward.

“United’s intensity has been restored, so the fear factor is there when clubs go to Old Trafford and they fear and respect what this United side may offer. This is how it should be and the fact they’re developing players alongside that is great. Is it enough to say it’s the best place for players? We will see if they can start the next season in the same way.”

United reached the final of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday after a 2-0 second-leg win over Nottingham Forest saw them come out 5-0 victors on aggregate.

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