Marcus Rashford tells Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag that he 'wants to fight for United place'
James DuckerTelegraph Media Group Limited
Marcus Rashford wants to stay at Manchester United and is expected to undergo intense warm-weather training in the United States next month as he attempts to hit the ground running under Erik ten Hag.
The forward’s future at Old Trafford has been uncertain since it emerged in the wake of United’s 4-1 derby defeat by Manchester City in early March that he was weighing up his options.
Bayern Munich are believed to be keeping an eye on Rashford’s situation in the event other targets do not come off but the player has set his sights on winning back his place at United under Ten Hag and rediscovering his best after the worst season of his career.
Rashford is expected to travel to the US, where he will be put through his paces during a working holiday next month before he returns for the start of pre-season with United on June 27.
Once an ever-present for the club, Rashford started just 13 of their 38 Premier League games this season as they finished sixth, 35 points adrift of champions City, and failed to win a trophy for a fifth consecutive year.
Rashford missed the first two months of the campaign after undergoing surgery on a long-standing shoulder problem but he was largely frozen out in the final months of Ralf Rangnick’s spell as interim manager.
Having been left out of the England squad for the March internationals, Rashford was again omitted by Gareth Southgate yesterday for the four Uefa Nations Cup matches next month. However, he is hoping a fresh start at United under Ten Hag will help him rediscover his form and force himself back into contention with England.
Another United player hoping to play his way into Southgate’s World Cup plans is Jesse Lingard, who is due to leave Old Trafford as a free agent next month. West Ham have inquired about signing Lingard on a free transfer, with the attacking midfielder attracting interest from a number of other clubs, including AC Milan in Italy.
Lingard impressed on loan at West Ham during the second half of last season and manager David Moyes is hoping to be reunited with the 29-year-old at the London Stadium despite the competition for his signature.