Official: Marcus Rashford signs long-term Manchester United contract

Marcus Rashford has committed his future to Manchester United by signing a new long-term contract with his boyhood club.

The 18-year-old has had a rapid rise to this top since his phenomenal two-goal debut performance against FC Midtjylland  in February in the UEFA Europa League. He has been rewarded with a four-year contract lasting until 2020 with the option of a further year extension. 

Rashford commits himself to boyhood club United

Rashford signs his contract | Photo: Manchester United, via
Rashford signs his contract | Photo: Manchester United, via

The academy graduate has been the shining light of United's drab season and scored eight goals in 18 matches. Most recently, having scored on his Europa League, Premier League and FA Cup debuts, he scored just two minutes into his senior England debut against Australia on Friday evening.

On his new contract, he told the club that he is "delighted" with the deal and having "always been a Manchester United fan," it makes "playing in the first team" be like "a dream come true." At a lot of clubs, the chance of first team football for academy players is rare, but not so at Manchester United. Rashford said he is "grateful for having the chance to prove myself," and "to be able to play football at the biggest club in the world means everything to me and my family."

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United's Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward described Rashford as "a naturally talented footballer with great potential" who had "taken his chances well and has integrated into the first team very quickly." As such, Woodward, like Rashford, said he is "delighted" that the youngster has signed this contract. Woodward believes that Rashford "is at the right club to continue his development."

Continuing, Woodward said Rashford "is still very young" and so Manchester United fans and coaches must "we patient but he is developing in the right way and we believe he has a great future ahead of him."

Having made his England debut, Rashford could feature at the European Championships this summer with Roy Hodgson  set to announce his squad on Tuesday, Rashford is part of the 26-man preliminary squad but is seen as one of multiple players who could drop out of the squad which can only have 23 players.