Rashford wage rising as United look to keep striker grounded

Date published: Tuesday 24th January 2017 9:44

Marcus Rashford: Under Real Madrid's watchful eye

Manchester United are determined to Marcus Rashford’s feet on the ground with modest pay rises over the duration of his current contract.

The Red Devils starlet burst on the scene last season and has become a pivotal member of Jose Mourinho’s first-team squad this season, either playing as a centre-forward or in a wide role.

The 19-year-old signed a new contract in the summer until 2020 with the option to extend the agreement for an extra season. The deal is said to be worth £20,000 a week to Rashford, but a club source told The Sun that United are keen to reward his progress while keeping him firmly grounded.

The ‘Old Trafford source’ said: “Rashford is in-line for another rise next season, on top of his current wages.

“Part of the agreement on that deal was an increase over the duration, along with another year option to extend.

“We want to keep his feet on the ground, he’s just a young lad. He’s moving up the pay scale very fast.

“A yearly increase of around £5,000-a-week is on the cards. He’s a very talented player and we want to make sure he’s OK.”

Rashford scored eight goals in 17 appearances after making an unexpected debut in the Europa League game against Midtjylland in late February. The arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer has restricted the teenager’s first-team opportunities as a central striker but Mourinho has still given him eight starts and nine substitute appearances in the Premier League.

The England forward had been linked with Real Madrid earlier this season but United would be loathe to consider any approach for their academy graduate.

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