Erik ten Hag does not want to rush contract decisions for both Marcus Rashford and David de Gea as he wants total concentration on performance.

According to a report by The Guardian, Erik ten Hag is not bothered about the contractual situation of Marcus Rashford and David de Gea and wants them to focus on the on-field display.

Manchester United’s win over Tottenham Hotspur allowed them to cut the gap to the top four to just one point. And a victory against Chelsea should be enough for them to leapfrog the Blues in the fourth place.

They have now beaten Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs in their opening ten fixtures. And Erik ten Hag does not want any unnecessary distractions which could disrupt the current momentum. David de Gea’s performance has been under regular scanner. Although the Spaniard has worked on his passing and distribution, the manager is not expected to conclude a decision in the middle of the season.

Rashford has started the season on a bright note and has grabbed five goals and three assists in all competitions this season. Had he been more clinical in front of the goal, the numbers would have been much better.

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The English forward is about to turn 25 this month, and his current contract will expire next summer. Manchester United do have the option to exercise a one-year extension clause, but that decision will not be taken quickly as the club hierarchy wants to follow the manager’s vision.

A plethora of players like Luke Shaw, Fred and Phil Jones are in the last year of their contracts. And it seems Manchester United are eyeing a mass clear-out as they continue to rebuild the squad in this new regime.

Both de Gea and Rashford will be eligible to negotiate with foreign clubs in January to sign a pre-contract. But they are poised to have a long association with the club and will bide their time for a more clear solution.

Manchester United will travel to Chelsea on Saturday, and a repeat of Wednesday’s result could lift the morale further. There have been a lot of speculations regarding the futures of Rashford and De Gea. But ten Hag has underlined the need of performing on the pitch rather than wasting time on unnecessary aspects.

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