By Alex McLeish

16th Sep, 2022 | 12:00pm

McLeish issues emphatic Marcus Rashford claim after Man United offer reported - 'it's a different ball game'

Alex McLeish has heaped praise on Man United manager Erik ten Hag for reinstalling Marcus Rashford’s confidence.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League manager claimed a new contract would see the 24-year-old’s confidence rise even further.

Rashford has excelled in a centre-forward role for the Red Devils this season.

According to the Manchester Evening News‘ Samuel Luckhurst (12 September), the club are set to reward the Englishman with the offer a new five-year deal.

The forward’s current deal is due to expire next June, although there is 12-month extension clause.

When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the latest, McLeish said: “I use the word trust.

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“When he was a youngster I thought, ‘Wow, this guy is going to be a legendary Man United striker.’

“But he never pinned a position down. He was on the right, the left and up front. He seemed to be a wee bit confused about where his best position was.

“Ten Hag has obviously seen something and has made a final decision. He is going to play him through the middle. That may have brought a lot of belief and confidence to the boy himself.

“If he gets offered a new contract it’s a different ball game. Everyone was saying he could leave over the past couple of years.

“Ten Hag has got a new dimension out of him. Goals give you confidence. The overriding factor is the manager though. If the manager trusts you, you grow in confidence. You want to do your absolute best for that guy.”

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