Manchester United will prioritize a new contract for Marcus Rashford this summer, sources have told ESPN, despite concerns within the club over the forward’s ongoing search for better form.

The 24-year-old’s current current at Old Trafford expires in June 2023, although United have the option of extending those terms for another 12 months, which they fully intend to do, sources say, to ensure the England international at the club until the end of the 2023-24 season.

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After seeing midfielders Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard enter the final six months of their United contract this month and prepare to leave as free agents this summer, the Old Trafford hierarchy are determined to Avoid a similar situation with Rashford, who has become one of the club’s most prominent players since he scored twice on his 18-year-old debut against FC Midtjylland in February 2016.

Sources have told ESPN that United are confident Rashford are ready to stake their future at the club, but the player’s loss of form is an issue the coaching staff and senior figures are determined to address.

United interim manager Ralf Rangnick said after Rashford’s unimpressive performance in Monday’s FA Cup win over Aston Villa that he couldn’t explain the striker’s poor performance and recent form, who have only seen him score three goals in all competitions this season.

Sources at United have said Rashford spent much of last season playing with pain from a long-standing shoulder injury, which required him to undergo corrective surgery in August 2021.

Along with this, United believe that he has yet to fully recover from the operation and has not been able to develop sufficient physical form to return to his best form.

Sources also said United wanted Rashford to spend a period of time focusing on restoring his physical form and form to the detriment of off-field activities which saw him gain widespread praise and recognition for lifting the problem of child hunger, homelessness and poverty in the UK.

But with United preparing to enter a period of change, with Richard Arnold replacing Ed Woodward as general manager on February 1 and the club looking for a permanent manager to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, sources said the question of negotiating a new contract with Rashford will not be distracted by other developments at the club.