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Man Utd pushing for release clause deal may force Marcus Rashford into new position

Marcus Rashford may be forced to take up an unwanted role.

By Wilian Estrella

Marcus Rashford may be forced to take up an unwanted role.
Marcus Rashford may be forced to take up an unwanted role.
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If Manchester United sign Michael Olise then Marcus Rashford may be forced into a new position. The Red Devils are reportedly hoping to trigger a release clause in the Crystal Palace winger's contract which will become active in the summer. According to the Evening Standard, this is said to be higher than the £35million in his previous contract. Olise extended his deal last summer after attracting interest from Chelsea and Manchester City.

He is contracted until 2027 although the Eagles aren't expected to keep him past this season. The 22-year-old could be one of Sir Jim Ratcliffe's first marquee signings in the summer ahead of a planned overhaul of the United squad by the new minority shareholder, who will assume control of football operations alongside a team of INEOS directors.

Olise, who only plays as a winger - usually deployed on the right - should line up on the opposite flank to Rashford, for most games. However, when Hojlund is taken off the Carrington Academy graduate may be forced to play down the middle. Rashford was asked to lead the line on multiple occasions last season but has played there less as of late as there is a lack of wingers at the club. Jadon Sancho's exile from the first team has left the Red Devils short of reinforcements on the flanks while Antony's poor form hasn't helped matters.

As Anthony Martial is linked with a move away from Old Trafford in either January or the summer, United’s main transfer priority needs to be getting in a natural centre forward to support or challenge Hojlund, who appears to have been thrust into a starting role too quickly. Rashford doesn't look as competent as a striker and is needed on the left so United will need to dip their hands in their pockets over the next couple of transfer windows. Brentford's Ivan Toney, Porto's Mehedi Taremi and Victor Osimhen of Napoli are reportedly among the names being eyed up by United's scouts.


The pact of Erik ten Hag

Although Hojlund has struggled in front of goal since signing for £72million in the summer, Ten Hag remains confident he will come good.  “I think he’s a player who will always be in scoring positions in our team. I am sure, and I am confident he will score goals, and Marcus Rashford the same. First of all, we have to work our routines, he misses pre-season, the first four games," he said in a recent press conference. "But I think from the moment he came in, he gave the team a lot. We’re building the routines and that spilt moment will give him more time and to make better decisions for more goals, but the goals against Galatasaray were brilliant, also the one in Munich.”

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