Rashford has enjoyed a much better season for United, having already equaled his goalscoring tally from last season in 11 fewer appearances while also scoring three goals for England at the World Cup.
“From the first moment, I recognized great potential,” Ten Haag told the club’s official website, “And now to move out of potential, I believe that when Marcus’s position is at the back of the defense line, there is almost no better player in the world.
“At the moment there’s Mbappe, a type like him, but when he [Rashford] Getting into that position, he’s great and you can see he’s really improving and out of possession as well.”
Rashford made 322 appearances for United after his breakthrough in the 2015–16 season, scoring 101 goals and 60 assists.
The 25-year contract expires in the summer but United have the option of extending it by a further year. Ten Haag said that the club would trigger the clause and that the decision for another contract would rest entirely with Rashford.
“He [Rashford] We have to decide. The way we play and the way we train and if we are offering the right environment to progress.
“It is also a financial issue. Then it is up to him to decide. But he will be here for a year and a half.”
After a difficult start to the season, the United boss has slowly started to see better results and performances and said he hoped his new regime would see Rashford enjoy playing for the club.
“The first thing I told him was about training and a smile,” he said. “We have come up with exercises for them which hopefully will make the players happy. They have to be effective but they also have to be happy and when you are happy it gives you energy. When you see the benefits, you can be happy.”
“In fact, Marcus was the one from the very beginning who came to Carrington with a smile and went away with a smile, day after day. And, from the first moment, it was truly a pleasure working with him. I identify with his talent and his finishing talent [is] Great.
United are fifth in the Premier League with 26 points from 14 matches.