Marcus Rashford’s future at Man United is under intense scrutiny, and Barcelona has emerged as the latest team to be linked with a move for the struggling national treasure.
For the first time in Marcus Rashford’s brief but brilliant career, his future at Manchester United is unknown.
Not long ago, the Red Devils’ No.10 was Old Trafford’s poster kid; a boyhood devotee, academy graduate, and national treasure for his tremendous charity work.
However, by March 2022, Rashford’s time with the Manchester United first team will definitely be at an all-time low, having looked a shell of his former self after returning from injury in October following long-awaited shoulder surgery.
After been left out of Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad, the 24-year-old is expected to spend the next fortnight evaluating his options following interim manager Ralf Rangnick’s public statement that he is free to go during the summer transfer window.
Add to those suggestions that Rashford is contemplating his future and a verbal altercation with supporters on Tuesday night and it’s unsurprising to hear “the phone hasn’t stopped ringing” for his services.
According to reports, a European powerhouse has already expressed an interest in signing the versatile forward during the summer months with Barcelona taking the lead.
To begin with the MEN’s story, Barca has shown interest following the recent Manchester Derby revelation that Rashford was evaluating his future at Old Trafford. He’d been benched for the match by Rangnick but lacked energy when he came on as a second-half substitute.
It’s difficult to argue that Rashford would not fit seamlessly into Xavi Hernandez’s attack, with a young Blaugrana appearing to be bound for great things at the Camp Nou. Additionally, this is not the first time Rashford has been connected with a move to Catalonia, having been mentioned previously in 2019. And, less than a year ago, he expressed admiration for Barcelona’s stature in world football – as well as for their arch-rivals.
“I would never say no,” Rashford told the Guardian when asked about a prospective move away. “Apart from United? I’m a huge Real Madrid and Barcelona supporter since they’ve consistently fielded talented players and played attractive football. Everyone keeps an eye on Real Madrid and Barcelona.”