Erik ten Hag ready to give Man Utd flops Rashford and Lingard a lifeline

Incoming Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag could be ready to hand lifelines to Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard.

The English duo have struggled to impress this season, and they have minutes few and far between. However, with the incoming Dutchman, the pair could be handed one last chance to prove themselves at Old Trafford instead of being axed over the summer.

According to The Sun, Ten Hag has let Rashford and Lingard know they're part of his plans for the 2022/23 season. The duo will be hoping an increase in performance will lift their chances of being selected for the 2022 World Cup.

A source told The Sun: “But both camps have spoken and Marcus is aware of what the new manager wants and expects.

“This season has been difficult but he’s never wanted to leave Old Trafford. He’s optimistic about his chances under Ten Hag and knows that if he plays well for United, he will be in the thoughts of Gareth Southgate."

Rashford, whose performances have nosedived this season, has lost his spot in the England setup, and he's been overlooked in favour of Jadon Sancho and Anthony Elanga at United.

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The source added: “He [Lingard] feels let down that he hasn’t played as much as he wanted and feels promises made to him when he came back from West Ham haven’t been kept.

“He was resigned to the idea that he was going to leave and make a fresh start at another club. But Ten Hag has let it be known he wants to speak with him and if he gives him the assurances he needs, Jesse could be persuaded to stay."

Lingard was heavily linked to a move to Newcastle in January, but it never materialised.

United have had a season to forget, and they can only level their worst ever Premier League points total, 64.

However, to match that, United must win their three reaming games – a feat they haven't managed since December at the start of Ralf Rangnick's reign.

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