Saturday 25 November 2017

New Man United hero Rashford set for huge wage increase after dream start

The emergence of players like Marcus Rashford has energised Manchester United and manager Louis Van Gaal Photo: Reuters / Jason Cairnduff
The emergence of players like Marcus Rashford has energised Manchester United and manager Louis Van Gaal Photo: Reuters / Jason Cairnduff
Marcus Rashford has made an instant impact at Manchester United Photo Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Mike Whalley

Manchester United are ready to offer Marcus Rashford a huge increase in salary to reward the teenager's stunning arrival into the first team, and tie down his long-term future to the club.

The Old Trafford are prepared to raise the 18-year-old's weekly salary from £1,000 to £20,000 after he scored four goals in his first two senior games.

The striker, who has been making an impression in United's junior sides for some time, scored twice on his debut against Midtjylland in the Europa League last Thursday and again on Sunday in the 3-2 defeat of Arsenal in the Premier League.

Manager Louis van Gaal is keen to protect the Manchester-born forward's development and is wary of asking him to take on too much responsibility too soon, but there is an acknowledgement at the club that he is worth a better contract more in line with the club's first-team players.

The club will open talks with his representatives on a deal that they hope will keep him at the club until 2020, and aim to secure the agreement before the end of the season.

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring his side's first goal

Rashford had been performing well in the Uefa Youth League earlier this season, but even Van Gaal has admitted to a degree of surprise at how well he has adapted to the senior team.

United's manager gave him his chance after Anthony Martial failed to recover from the hamstring injury he suffered during the warm-up against Midtjylland.

Rashford's performance on Sunday has made it near impossible for Van Gaal to leave him out for tomorrow's Premier League home game against Watford.

Van Gaal has a proud history of developing players at Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and has stated that he wants to leave a legacy of young talent for United's next manager when he finishes up at Old Trafford.

Van Gaal has given debuts to six United academy graduates during the month of February alone.

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Some of those selections have been driven by a lengthy first-team injury list, though veteran midfielder Michael Carrick believes their introduction has made the club pull together.

In the space of a week, they have helped United to beat Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup, as well as Midtyjlland and Arsenal to move to within three points of the top four in the Premier League.

Carrick said: "The great thing with young lads, is that you don't really know what you've got until you put them in there and give them a chance. Over recent weeks, that's probably been the massive bonus for us - for the whole season really - the young lads coming in.

"And they've all looked comfortable, they've all settled in really well, and everyone else responds to that.

"There's a togetherness in the squad and the older boys all want to try to look after them and try to help them, and it brings everyone together.

"And I think the fans really respond to that.

"They certainly did against Arsenal, and I think there was a real spirit generated throughout the whole ground, which helped us out there on the pitch a lot."

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