Marcus Rashford: Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag confident forward will be fit for Newcastle trip

Erik ten Hag is confident Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford will be available for Sunday’s Premier League trip to top-four rivals Newcastle, live on Sky Sports.

Rashford missed England’s recent Euro 2024 qualifiers against Italy and Ukraine after withdrawing from Gareth Southgate’s squad due to an unspecified knock sustained in United’s FA Cup quarter-final win over Fulham on March 19.

On Monday, United confirmed the 25-year-old had taken part in a “small session” at their training ground, away from the main group of players, and he is now set to feature against the Magpies on Super Sunday.

  • Watch Newcastle vs Man Utd on NOW | Man Utd fixtures
  • Premier League table | Fixtures | Results
  • Watch Premier League highlights for free on Sky Sports
  • Get Sky Sports | Download the Sky Sports App

Newcastle United
Manchester United

Sunday 2nd April 4:00pm Kick off 4:30pm

United manager Ten Hag said: “I’ve good hope. He had to do some treatment and individual training, but on Friday he joined in with the group. We have one more day to go and there’s good hope he’s available. I think so.”

Rashford was enjoying a break in New York when England were winning 2-1 in Italy, leading Gareth Southgate to defend the player’s decision to jet off to the United States.

Ten Hag also backed the move, saying his 27-goal forward deserved to have a “breather” following a gruelling run of fixtures.

“I think it’s positive that he was in a break,” Ten Hag said. “I think Rashford, along with Bruno Fernandes, was playing the most games of the whole squad.

Also See:

  • Get Sky Sports

  • Get NOW to stream big moments

  • Download the Sky Sports App

  • Live football on Sky Sports

“I think Manchester United is playing the most games all across Europe and our internationals are not mostly on the bench, mostly they are playing.

“So, our players play the most games and this is crazy season, so they also need times that they can have a breather and can collect energy.

“For me, it’s positive that he took that time to turn off from football. I have seen him back this week and he showed a lot of energy and a lot of motivation.

“Training as a whole team was a really good session with a lot of spirit, but especially also with Marcus so I think therefore it was good.”

Image: Rashford missed England's recent Euro 2024 qualifiers due to an unspecified knock

Ten Hag gave little away regarding contract negotiations with Rashford but was happy to hear left-back Luke Shaw is close to signing a new long-term deal.

“If he signed, I don’t know,” the United boss said with a smile. “I haven’t heard until now.

“John (Murtough, the club’s football director) didn’t inform me until now, so I have to wait for that. If it’s the truth, I would be really pleased.

“Definitely we want to keep him because he’s a really important player for our team.”

Casemiro is suspended and back-up goalkeeper Tom Heaton injured for Sunday’s match at St James’ Park, but Anthony Martial could be back in the squad after a two-month absence due to a hip issue.

“He’s training for two weeks now,” Ten Hag said. “I think he can be in the squad for Sunday.”

Man Utd want to make Rashford one of highest earners

Sky Sports News senior reporter Melissa Reddy:

Manchester United’s contract offer to Rashford will reflect his importance by putting him in their highest bracket of earners, with the club and player calm over the situation.

Discussions over a new deal are still in the early phase, with the forward’s current terms due to expire at the end of next season. There has been “transparency, respect, and courtesy” on all sides of the process.

United activated a one-year extension in Rashford’s contract in December and believe the financial package they eventually propose – but more importantly the club’s direction of travel under Ten Hag – will convince him to stay.

The 25-year-old has been the most prolific goalscorer in Europe since the World Cup, with the Dutchman providing the coaching and guidance to help Rashford rediscover his focus and best form.

Image: Rashford has scored 27 goals for Manchester United in all competitions this season

The England international’s preference is to remain at Old Trafford and lift more silverware with his boyhood club, but there is an understanding this is a significant juncture in his career and there is no need to rush a decision. He has also made it clear his choice will not revolve around money.

Paris Saint-Germain are known admirers of Rashford, with president Nasser Al-Khelaifi previously confirming in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports: “We’re not hiding it, we spoke before and… interest. But the moment was not a good moment for both sides. Maybe summer, why not?”

Rashford’s focus is on finishing the season as strongly as possible, with United still in the mix for FA Cup and Europa League glory, as well as looking to secure a top-four spot.

Watch Newcastle vs Man Utd live on Sky Sports Premier League from 4pm on Super Sunday; kick-off 4.30pm.

Man Utd’s remaining fixtures

April 2: Newcastle (A) – Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports

April 5: Brentford (H) – Premier League, kick-off 8pm

April 8: Everton (H) – Premier League, kick-off 12.20pm

April 13: Sevilla (H) – Europa League, kick-off 8pm

April 16: Nottingham Forest (A) – Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports

April 20: Sevilla (A) – Europa League, kick-off 8pm

April 22: Brighton (N) – FA Cup semi-final, kick-off 3pm

April 27: Tottenham (A) – Premier League, kick-off 8:15pm

April 30: Aston Villa (H) – Premier League, kick-off 2pm

May 4: Brighton (A) – Premier League, kick-off 8pm, live on Sky Sports

May 7: West Ham (A) – Premier League, kick-off 7pm

May 13: Wolves (H) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm

May 20: Bournemouth (A) – Premier League, kick-off 3pm

May 28: Fulham (H) – Premier League, kick-off 4.30pm

TBA: Chelsea (H) – Premier League

Win £250,000 with Super 6!

Another Saturday, another chance to win £250,000 with Super 6. Play for free, entries by 3pm.


No votes yet.
Please wait...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *