Why has Marcus Rashford not signed a new Manchester United deal?

March 25, 2023

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is reportedly stalling on signing a new contract at Old Trafford due to takeover uncertainty and the salary cap rule.

The England international, a home-grown product of the Red Devils’ academy system, has just one year left on his contract at the club. They are keen to renew his contract, but no new terms have been agreed upon as yet with a 25-year-old.

The England star has enjoyed a career-best campaign in this 2022-23 term, with 27 goals recorded through 44 appearances. Erik ten Hag’s side is eager to thrash out an extension. But, they are currently caught up in a takeover merry-go-round that could lead to the Glazer family selling the club to British businessman Sir Jim Ratcliffe or Qatari Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani. 

The possibility of new owners has caused Rashford to halt signing a new contract. According to The Sun, Rashford is also concerned that the so-called ‘Cristiano Ronaldo rule’ at Old Trafford could restrict the next offer put to him by United. 

The Red Devils had a bad experience recently when they offered an outrageous contract to Portugal superstar Ronaldo. The ex-Man United striker collected £480,000 a week before his acrimonious release in November 2022. So United are now said to have a £300,000 salary cap in place.  

However, that would likely need to be broken if they want to retain Rashford’s services. The Englishman is in the form of his life and is attracting interest from clubs outside of England, including PSG, who have been publicly vocal about their interest in the player.

If Rashford decides against committing to a new deal, he will be free to speak with PSG from January next year. 

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