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The Marcus Rashford saga must be concluded, and he must stay

There has again been much speculation circulating surrounding Marcus Rashford’s future at Old Trafford after he hasn’t been given much game time lately.

The 20-year-old had a breakout season, after making his debut in the Europa League the season before, and marking his Premier League debut with two goals against Arsenal in February 2016.

He went on to make 18 appearances that season, scoring eight goals after only making his first appearance late in the season. He also helped Manchester United win the FA Cup, leading the line in the final against Crystal Palace where the Reds won 2-1.

It was last season where Rashford really started making his mark for United though. He made 30 appearances in the League scoring five goals and had a starring role in the Red’s EFL Cup, now Carabao Cup, and Europa League triumphs, with the local lad leading the line in the Europa League final against Ajax.

That win gave Rashford his fourth trophy for United in just the space of a year, a staggering feat considering he was only called up as cover for the injured Anthony Martial.

However, this season hasn’t been as successful and the 20-year-old has found starts hard to come by and has made most of his appearances from the bench. Rashford found himself battling with fellow United attacker Martial for the left-wing spot early on in the season after newly signed striker Romelu Lukaku occupied the number nine spot.

The battle between two young, hungry hot shots just really starting out in their careers, seemed to bode well for United at the start of the season, as it appeared as if the two were pushing each other. Every time one of them performed the other one would start the next game and do equally as well if not better.

That was until the January transfer window came around and United acquired Arsenal star, Alexis Sanchez. At the time, it appeared as a stroke of genius from Mourinho and the United board, getting a world star on a swap deal for a player who just couldn’t get a game for the Reds.

His acquisition came at a huge cost for both Rashford and Martial who have struggled to get time since the turn of the year, and their futures have subsequently been thrown into doubt since then. The young England international has been tipped to make big moves abroad or be loaned out to another Premier League team, but a move from Old Trafford seems something, not on Rashford’s radar.

Nevertheless, Mourinho and the United board must realise, he is a player who is in need of game time at such a crucial moment of his career. If he struggles to get that next season, he may think more seriously about moving from Old Trafford to get regular football.

There is no doubt, despite the speculation, that Rashford will be a red come next season but he must prove that he can be a regular starter for United, and really challenge both Sanchez and Martial for that left-wing slot or he might find himself out in the cold once again.

Written by Dan Pearce

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