Marcus Rashford and Kylian Mbappe embrace each other after France’s 2-1 winCredit: Getty
However, Rashford’s Old Trafford manager, who will oppose any attempt by PSG to acquire Rashford, offered him a wonderful ray of sunshine.
After a little more than four months of working with him, Ten Hag exclaimed, “I immediately saw great promise.
“And now, to come to the potential. In my opinion, there is hardly a better player in the world when Marcus is positioned on the back of the defending line.
“A somebody like him, Mbappe, is here right now.
However, when he is in that position, he excels, and you can tell that he has really improved outside of possession.
“You can see him winning the ball for the squad and Phil Foden scoring the second goal against Wales.
“I watch him do that all the time. He was representing England well there in the first press.
I don’t believe he scores goals like that frequently, but he is investing in it. For us, the headed goal against West Ham United.
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“I kind of set him off, and then he worked with our particular coaches on finishing with headers, and you saw he benefited from it.
So when I say he plays on the shoulder from the defending line, be careful to approach him in these circumstances because it’s really challenging to stop him.
Ten Hag can only hope that the forward, who last summer was contemplating his future after two dreadful years of injuries and bad form, will put even more money into the Dutchman’s plan for him.
Along with those of David de Gea, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw, and Fred, his contract expires in July.
Ten Hag has stated categorically that all five of them will be subject to one-year extensions, but he wants them to all commit for much longer.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the president of Paris Saint-Germain, reiterated his intention to make an offer that could more than triple Marcus Rashford’s £225,000 weekly salary in the run-up to England’s World Cup quarterfinal loss to Les Bleus.
“We’re not hiding it, we spoke previously,” Al-Khelaifi emphasized. He is yet another superb athlete. And for nothing?”
With the exception of Saturday’s heartbreaking loss in Qatar, Ten Hag now sees a 25-year-old who is enjoying football once more.
There is essentially no better player in the world, in my opinion, when Marcus is positioned in the back of the defending line.
“That’s one of the first things I said to him, was come to training and grin,” Ten Hag admitted.
We give him activities that, ideally, will make the players happy.
When asked if he could convince him to renew his commitment, the manager of United replied, “I can’t answer that question.
He must choose, and the only thing we can do is convince him that this is the ideal club to be a member of.
“That is what we can achieve; it has to do with the club’s culture, but it also has to do with how we are working and cooperating.
It has to do with how we practice, how we play, with providing the ideal environment for advancement, and it’s also a financial issue.
“If we do that, then we will talk to him about our goals and how we plan to achieve them.
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“Then it is up to him to make the decision. It’s one-and-a-half years, he will be here.
“We are talking with them to extend their contracts but we are in control because on all the players we have option — and we will exercise these options.”