Marcus Rashford has made it clear that he hopes to remain at Manchester United for a long time.
The youngster erupted onto the global footballing scene back in February 2016 by claiming four goals in his opening two games before going on to secure a place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 squad.
He has been a constant presence in the first team this season, making 49 appearances in all competitions and claiming 11 goals.
And Rashford, reflecting on his Man United career, registered hopes that he enjoy a long career at Old Trafford.
“Some people are here, there and everywhere but the ones that stay loyal are the ones that stand out,” he said.
“I think even more so now, because you stand out if you’re that person. Especially if you achieve something and win things. Consistency. That’s what I’m looking for. Sometimes it’s difficult with not playing all the time but when you get consistency that’s what brings you up another level.”
Thinking in the long term can be a dangerous thing in football. Nobody’s fate is ever fully secure, and Rashford will be aware of the fact that, at this level especially, the stardom he has garnered can vanish just as quickly as it came in the first place.
But nobody can doubt that Rashford, over the past nine months, has done everything he possibly could to further entrench himself in Mourinho’s set-up, firmly committing himself to the cause both on the flank and at No.9. And the last few weeks have served as something of a reward for such dedication: he is now United’s unquestionable focal point at the masthead of attack with Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the sidelines; this, you sense, is his chance to render himself indispensable to Jose Mourinho’s approach ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.