Marcus Rashford tipped to be 'future Man Utd captain' as 'class' moment spotted after FA Cup final loss
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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has been dubbed a 'club captain in the making' for what he did at the end of the FA Cup final defeat to Manchester City.
It had looked like it might be a one-sided game when City captain Ilkay Gundogan put his team ahead with a superb strike after just 12 seconds – the fastest-ever FA Cup final goal.
But United bounced back from that early setback to equalise through a Bruno Fernandes penalty after Jack Grealish had been penalised for a handball in the City box.
Pep Guardiola's side retook the lead after the break when Gundogan beat David de Gea with another volley from the edge of the area.
And that proved to be the winner as City claimed a deserved victory.
To make matters worse for United, it kept Premier League champions City on course for a historic Treble – with the Champions League final against Inter Milan still to come on Saturday.
United's players were understandably upset at the final whistle on Saturday, with several collapsing to the floor at the end of the match.
Rashford was spotted helping Wout Weghorst back to his feet, before doing the same with an emotional Alejandro Garnacho.
United's Player of the Year then turned to applaud the club's supporters.
"Future club captain in the making."
While some fans were pleased with the gesture, others expressed their disappointment with Rashford's overall performance in the final - with the England star failing to have a major impact on the game.
Rashford yet to sign new deal
Despite his lacklustre showing in the final, United fans will be hoping that Rashford commits his future to his boyhood club - with negotiations still ongoing over a new deal for the England international.
Rashford is entering the final 12 months of his deal at Old Trafford and will be able to negotiate a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs from January.
Despite interest from PSG, Rashford is expected to pen a new deal with United – with manager Erik ten Hag confident he will remain at the club.
"I expect Marcus Rashford to renew," Ten Hag told Viaplay last month.
“He wants it. Manchester United wants it. He is a child of this club, so I assume this will happen."