Erik ten Hag expects Marcus Rashford to stay at United

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag says he “loves” Marcus Rashford and expects the England forward to remain with the club this season.

Rashford’s representatives met with French side Paris St-Germain, who have a long-term interest in the player.

But Ten Hag wants the England forward, 24, to remain at Old Trafford.

“He knows I love him, he knows I want him to be here,” added the United boss. “You have seen from the first day I’m here, I’m really happy with him.”

Ten Hag added: “He’s definitely in our plans at Manchester United.”

Rashford struggled last season – failing to make an impact after missing the start of the campaign following shoulder surgery.

He scored four goals in 25 Premier League appearances and lost his place in the national squad.

The forward started last Sunday’s Premier League opener against Brighton, but missed a clear chance to bring United back into the game, which they lost 2-1.

Ten Hag rejects the notion Rashford’s confidence has been damaged.

“We are talking about one game,” said the Dutchman. “In pre-season, he did score. He was in the right place at the right moment. I know and trust he will finish in the future.”

In a turbulent week following the Brighton loss, United have withdrawn from talks with former Stoke and West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic but negotiations are at an advanced stage with Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

Ten Hag refused to discuss individual targets but is adamant he is on the same page as the club with regard to potential signings.

And, asked whether he expected to have a stronger and more rounded squad when the transfer window closes on 1 September than he has now, he said: “We have to. I am convinced we will have.”

That may not appease some fans, who feel their club is being left further behind by the rest of England’s top clubs.

But Ten Hag is adamant a sense of panic outside Old Trafford is not being felt by those within the club.

“When Manchester United is not performing and not winning, that’s normal,” he said. “I would be more in panic when there wasn’t panic because we have to win. That is the demand.

“Still, panic isn’t the right word. It’s more like, ‘come on, we have to act’. We have to think bright and do the right things.”

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