With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer already facing a big rebuilding job at Manchester United, the scale of the task facing him may have got even larger.
That is after news emerged that one of the players he had earmarked to lead the club forward, Marcus Rashford, has so far refused to sign a new contract.
The 21-year old forward has been linked with a move to Barcelona, and he is looking for a substantial increase in his wages – more than £200,000 a week – if he is to stay at Old Trafford. And, according to The Daily Mail he is also looking for assurances from his new manager that he will continue to be deployed in a central starting position, after replacing Romelu Lukaku as the side’s main striker.
Rashford is until contract until 2010, and, as with many of their players, there is a clause in the forward’s current deal that will allow them to extend it automatically by a year. However, United will want to get this matter resolved as a matter of priority so they can shift their focus to other areas of the team.