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Marcus Rashford hatches a plan to impress Erik ten Hag and reclaim the Manchester United spot

The forward only started in 13 Premier League games last season (Image: Getty)

Desperate to return to his best form for Manchester United, Marcus Rashford has reportedly hatched a plan to impress new boss Erik ten Hag from day one.

The 24-year-old has endured a miserable season that began on the sidelines when the striker delayed surgery on his shoulder so he could play at Euro 2020 – but then barely featured.

After returning from injury, Rashford made just 13 starts in the Premier League – and a total of 32 games in all competitions – and netted just four.

Marcus Rashford hatches a plan to impress Erik ten Hag and reclaim the Manchester United spot

Rashford is used to being a constant presence in the United starting XI (Image: Getty)

Bronchitis prevented Rashford from playing in losses against Brighton and Crystal Palace at the end of the season, but before that he had struggled for regular time under Ralf Rangnick and lost his place in the England squad.

The interim boss had often favored Jadon Sancho on the left wing, while Rashford failed to develop a relationship with Cristiano Ronaldo on the pitch and had a fruitless run in the Premier League since January.

There was speculation Rashford would need to leave the club to get his career back on track, but The Telegraph reports the forward wants to stay and fight for his place under Ten Hag.

After missing last summer’s pre-season, Rashford is determined to make up for lost time and has scheduled an “intense” warm-weather training camp ahead of the start of pre-season this summer.

The academy graduate wants to shine and impress Ten Hag and will be put through his paces in the United States next month before returning to Manchester on June 27 for the start of the pre-season with United.

Bayern Munich are believed to be monitoring Rashford’s situation, while in March Rangnick suggested United would not stand in the striker’s way if he decided to leave Old Trafford – although he insisted he was happy at the club.

“I don’t think he didn’t have enough playing time,” said the 63-year-old. “He’s had 13-14 games since I’ve been here, he’s played more games from the start than he hasn’t played from the start.

Marcus Rashford hatches a plan to impress Erik ten Hag and reclaim the Manchester United spot

Rashford wants to be in top form for the start of the pre-season (Image: Getty)

“I don’t think that’s a problem and he’s never said anything about it since we spoke yesterday. But the [transfer] Window is now closed. Suppose he and his agents or his family think about maybe moving to another club sometime in the summer, well then he can do that, but in the summer.

“I spoke to him yesterday and the day before so I don’t know anything about him being unhappy. He didn’t tell me anything, he told me he’s still happy and wants to play at a high level for the club. There was no mention that he wasn’t happy here.’

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