Gary Neville strongly believes Marcus Rashford will sign a new contract with Manchester United despite speculation suggesting otherwise.
Rashford has just over a year remaining on his current deal but Neville doesn’t think an exit is on the cards for the England international.
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- Rashford is out of contract at the end of next season but is expected to extend his deal with the club soon.
- David de Gea is in the same boat but there is less certainty over the goalkeeper’s future, at least from Neville’s perspective.
- Paul Pogba has also been linked with an exit after Zinedine Zidane hinted he would like the Frenchman at Real Madrid.
- Neville has suggested United could “cash in” on players with big valuations to raise funds for new arrivals.
- But Rashford has demonstrated his importance by scoring 13 goals and providing nine assists across all competitions so far this season.
Neville put his views across in a column for Sky Sports, in which he suggested Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs a recruitment specialist.
And while the former United defender admitted to being “worried” about Rashford, he is not overly concerned about the possibility of the striker turning down a new contract.
Neville wrote: “He (Solskjaer) needs big money unless they can cash in on someone who is worth big money – there’s David de Gea and Paul Pogba, who is reportedly being courted by Real Madrid.
“The two I’d be worried about are De Gea and Marcus Rashford. There’s talk about both of them not signing a new deal but I think Rashford will sign, that’s not in doubt.”
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Turning Man Utd into title contenders is a “two-year job” – Neville
Neville remains concerned that there is nobody currently at the club who will help Solskjaer do what is needed in terms of recruitment.
The 44-year-old believes the club needs to bring in “four or five” players while also shipping out a similar amount.
And Neville thinks it could take two years to turn the United squad into a team who can consistently challenge for the title.
He added: “I don’t know who at the club could navigate the job that needs to be done to put Manchester United into championship territory.
“It’s a two-year job to turn that squad into one that can win the title. I don’t think they’ll get everyone in they want and I don’t think they’ll get the ones out – it will take two years and plenty of patience.”