A new report from the Mirror suggests Manchester United are in panic mode over Marcus Rashford after the academy graduate allegedly told friends he’s unhappy at the club.

This has reportedly triggered United to offer a new deal to the striker after the World Cup.

Rashford is said to be unhappy with his reduced role in the team since the January arrival of Alexis Sanchez. Nor has it helped his cause that Romelu Lukaku’s debut season at the club has been a success.

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But that should push Rashford on and make him want to compete with the best in his position. Personally, I’d question the player’s attitude, but he’s made it as far as 20-year-old’s go with senior international status and over 30 goals for United’s first team.

Rashford doesn’t necessarily need to wait around and bide his time like other players – such as Jesse Lingard – have done. Footballers develop differently and at different times, but Rashford could walk into the majority of Premier League teams at this stage. It makes me wonder how could Rashford would be in two years’ time, if he was playing every week?

But let’s not forget Rashford has played 50 games under Mourinho this term.

Yes, many have been as a substitute, but beggars can’t be choosers. He needs to take these opportunities and make the role his own rather than throw strops because better players are ahead of him in the pecking order.