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Erik ten Hag believes Marcus Rashford can become a real world beater if he commits one of the best years of his profession to Manchester United. The United and England striker is a possible goal for Paris Saint Germain who’ve floated the concept of linking him up with Kylian Mbappe.

But after confirming the club will trigger a 12 month extension to maintain him in Manchester until the summer of 2024, Ten Hag says his job is now to persuade Rashford he can turn into United’s Mbappe.

“He has to make a call and the one thing we are able to do is show him that that is one of the best club to be in for his ambitions and the way we’re going to fulfil those ambitions,” he said. “It is clearly also a financial issue as well but these are the tallks we can have with him after which it’s as much as him to make the choice. But for one and a half years he will probably be here.”

Ten Hag’s is adamant that only Mbappe is best in the particular role of playing off the shoulders of a defensive position and he insisted that Rashford has improvement to come back. “From the primary moment, I recognised huge potential in Marcus,” said Ten Hag. “And now it’s all to get out the potential. 

“I feel when Marcus’s positioning is on the back of the defending line, there is nearly no higher player on this planet. There may be Mbappe on this moment, a kind like him. If he makes sure he continues to get in such situations it’s really difficult to stop him.”

Ten Hag insists other elements of Rashford’s game have shown marked improvement including headed finishes and his pressing out of possession. “You see the second goal against Wales when he’s winning the ball for the team after which it was Foden who finished. I see him do that each one the time, the primary press, he’s doing a extremely good job there for England.”

Rashford, who turned 25 in October, had a difficult spell for United within the latter stages of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tenure and under caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick. The missed penalty within the Euros shootout and suggestions off-field work was impacting his form saw him cut an unhappy figure and a return of 4 goals in 25 league games last season was poor.

But under Ten Hag each the old Rashford and the grins have returned and his United boss is convinced after a great showing in Qatar Premier League defences have reason to be concerned. 

“One in every of the primary things I said to him was come to training and smile. We bring him exercises that hopefully bring players joy. They must be effective but they must be joy as well.

“That offers you energy when you’re completely happy. Actually, Marcus was one from the beginning who got here with a smile to Carrington and left with a smile day-to-day. From that first moment, it really was a joy to work with him. I recognise his talent and his ending talent is great.”

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