Ole Gunnar Solskjaer concerned by ‘sulking’ Marcus Rashford as Manchester United star stalls on new deal
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Marcus Rashford’s future sorted as a matter of priority after growing increasingly concerned at the forward’s recent demeanour.
The 21-year-old has two years to run on his existing deal at Old Trafford but he’s attracted interest from Barcelona, who are willing to pay upwards of £100m to take him to the Camp Nou.
Rashford’s stock has risen since Solskjaer’s appointment but his early form under the Norwegian is long gone and he’s scored just three in the last 12 appearances.
The forward has displaced Romelu Lukaku as the club’s main central striker but he’s angling for around £200,000-a-week to sign a new deal and United have been surprised by their lack of progress in negotiations, according to the Daily Mail.
However, of greater concern to Solskjaer is Rashford’s attitude in recent weeks and the Norwegian is said to have seen a ‘change’ in his personality.
Rashford, praised by both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho for his work-rate, is said to have angered some United staff members by his petulance on the pitch and tendency to ‘sulk’ at team-mates during matches.
United insist Rashford is not for sale and they’d consider losing an academy product of his ability to be a disaster.
However, the club’s decision to hand wages of over £400,000-a-week to Alexis Sanchez have complicated contract negotiations with other players and Rashford is just one of a handful of first team stars to try to capitalise on the situation.