Man Utd must pay £350k-a-week to keep Rashford.. but stats show they are better off without him

MANCHESTER UNITED may be better off without Marcus Rashford according to recently uncovered stats.

After SunSport exclusively revealed the Red Devils might have to pay the youngster £350k-a-week to fend off interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid, it appears they might be better saving their money.

Rashford, 21, is entering the final year of his contract at Old Trafford but is playing hardball in negotiations – a position strengthened by the staggering £505,000-a-week being paid to mega-flop Alexis Sanchez.

But despite his firm stance with Ed Woodward, the England international is keen to stay having earned a regular starting spot under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have shown an interest in the forward which is only bolstering his chances of securing an eye-watering £350k-a-week deal.

But after SunSport exclusively revealed the Manchester club may be forced to pay him that – they may soon want to reconsider.

Exclusive stats show since his debut in 2016, United actually have a better win rate WITHOUT the youngster in the team.

The club have won 64 percent of games without Rashford on the pitch and have claimed victory in just 58 percent when the local lad has been involved.

In another alarming stat, SunSport can reveal United also score MORE goals WITHOUT their talisman – recording an average 1.8 goals-per-game when Rashford is absent and just 1.6 when the England international is in the team.

But despite the damning stats, the Red Devils will be all too aware of the other factors involved and also other benefits the Wythenshawe lad brings to the team.

Rashford is a homegrown hero among fans and a popular figure in the dressing room.

And while the stats highlight a potentially negative effect of Rashford's inclusi0n in the team, United have also had to deal with a catalogue of failed managers and other under performing stars since his debut – which all have to be factored into the equation.

But with reported interest in signing Harry Maguire, Issa Diop and Matthijs de Ligt, United look in good shape to provide Rashford with a better team in which to flourish next season.

If the two parties can agree on new terms of course.

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