Erik ten Hag urges reborn sensation to sign a new contract at Manchester United amid PSG interest

Emmanuel Mbadugha
Erik ten Hag is hopeful that Marcus Rashford will sign a new long-term contract with Manchester United

Rashford has been reborn this season, with 17 goals and six assists in 28 games to propel United to an unlikely title challenge.

The Red Devils activated a one-year extension on the England forward’s contract in December in an attempt to fend off PSG, who have long been interested in the 25-year-old.

With only 18 months remaining on his contract, Ten Hag is determined to keep his star player at Old Trafford at all costs, sending a message to Rashford in his pre-match press conference.

‘First and foremost, I believe he understands that Manchester United is his club. But I also believe he is playing his best football in this environment, in this team,’ the manager said ahead of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest.

‘Then, I would say this is the best place to be because we want to construct the best team, first in England, then in Europe, then in the world.

‘He is improving, which is good for him because he is giving his all. I believe he can contribute to this team as well.

‘This team is built in such a way that his qualities shine through, and I believe he understands that. But he is undeniably important to us, and we require him if we are to achieve our goals.’

Ten Hag is desperate to get to Wembley and win the club’s first piece of silverware since the Europa League in 2017. United play Forest at the City Ground on Wednesday before the return leg at Old Trafford next week.

‘It has been far too long since this club has won a trophy,’ the Dutchman added.

‘We are aware of that fact, and we must repeat it. It is this club’s responsibility to win trophies, so we must get back on track.

‘Winning trophies gives you confidence that you know what you’re doing. Winning games is one thing, but trophies are quite another. It’s a fine line to walk. You know what to do in these critical moments.’

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