Manchester United have triggered one-year extension clauses in the contracts of Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Diogo Dalot and Fred, Erik ten Hag has confirmed.
With United three points adrift of the Premier League’s top four with a game in hand ahead of the competition’s resumption, each of the quartet has played a key role for Ten Hag’s side.
In particular, Rashford has looked rejuvenated since the Dutchman took charge, leading the Red Devils’ scoring charts with four Premier League goals this term and netting three times for England at the World Cup.
Rashford’s deal had been due to expire at the end of the season, leading the forward to be linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, but Ten Hag has confirmed the 25-year-old is set to stay.
Asked about widespread reports claiming United had extended the players’ contracts, the United boss told MUTV: “Yes, I can confirm it.
“We are happy because the squad is going in the right direction and those players [have made] a massive contribution in that direction.
“We want to develop, we want to support those players and we want them to keep in our process, so that’s why we came to those decisions, I’m sure they are the right decisions.
“We want to construct a team for the future, for longer years, and those players have to be part of it.”
United will resume their Premier League campaign against Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford on Tuesday, having won four of their last five home games in the competition (D1).
The Red Devils have won each of their last six games against Forest in all competitions, recording an 8-1 victory in the teams’ most recent meeting in February 1999.
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