Marcus Rashford delaying new Manchester United deal due to concerns about club’s direction

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It was difficult to imagine Manchester United’s season getting much worse than it was during the final weeks of Jose Mourinho’s tenure.

The Portuguese - who was sacked in December - left the Red Devils sixth in the Premier League and struggling to overturn their crippling inconsistency.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer certainly made a difference upon his temporary appointment, guiding United to eight consecutive wins from his first match in charge versus Cardiff.

But his impact wasn’t as lasting as fans would’ve hoped.

Since being made permanent boss on 28 March, Solskjaer has tasted victory just twice in his ten matches.

The slump saw United’s Champions League campaign fizzle out at the hands of Barcelona while allowing Chelsea and Tottenham to push them out of the top four.

It was a hugely demoralising reality check for Solskjaer, his players and the fans alike.

In fact, the Red Devils’ late-season woes stand to have a devastating knock-on effect.

It’s understood Solskjaer wants to prioritise young talent over expensive high-profile signings when he seeks to rebuild his squad this summer.

But Marcus Rashford - a product of the United boss’ desired approach - is hesitant to extend his contract at Old Trafford over fears the club aren't heading in the right direction.

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That’s according to The Sun, who also point out that United are at risk of falling into a similar situation to the one they find themselves in with David de Gea.

Like the Spaniard, Rashford’s current deal expires at the end of next season and could leave for free if new terms can’t be agreed.

However, should the two parties fail to reach an agreement by then, United have an option to unilaterally extend his contract by one year.

Even so, the club will be desperate to find common ground with 21-year-old given he remains on track to become one of their key players for years to come.

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He enjoyed his most prolific season to date with 13 goals from 47 appearances in all competitions.

Publicly, Rashford has indicated he’s still committed to the cause, writing on social media this week: “Next season we need to get back to how Manchester United play, for me that's most important.

“We need to find that willingness and respond the right way.”

With the likes of Barcelona ready to capitalise on his unsettledness, it will be interesting to see just how eager Rashford is to rejoin football’s elite clubs.

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