After months of speculation, Marcus Rashford has committed his future to Manchester United by signing a new four-year contract extension. The new deal runs until June 2023, with the option to extend a further year. Rashford had been in negotiations over a new contract for some time, and although the reported interest from Barcelona never materialized, having a key member of the team on an expiring contract would have quickly become an unwanted distraction ahead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first full season as manager.
On his new deal, Rashford had this to say:
“Manchester United has been everything in my life since I arrived here at the age of seven. This club has shaped me, both as a player and as a person, so it is such a privilege every time I get the opportunity to wear the shirt.
“I want to thank Ole and his staff for everything they have done for me; they are the perfect group of coaches to learn from as I continue my development and look to push on to the next level.
“I will be giving everything I have to help get this club back to where it belongs and deliver the success that our fans deserve.”
Almost immediately after his appointment, Solskjaer made Rashford his preferred choice to lead the United attack, and the manager is obviously pleased to have secured a commitment from the academy graduate.
“Marcus is one of the most talented English players of his generation. He is an outstanding player; blessed with natural pace and energy.
“Marcus is a shining example of the talent that our Academy produces and his upbringing means that he truly understands what it means to play for Manchester United.
“Despite being only 21 years old, Marcus already has great experience. He has a fantastic future ahead of him with the club and I am delighted that he has signed a new contract.”
United fans will now hope that David de Gea — whose deal is also due to expire next summer — follows in Rashford’s footsteps in committing his future to the Reds.