Rashford ‘wants more minutes before signing new Man Utd deal’

Date published: Tuesday 14th February 2017 9:03

Marcus Rashford is reportedly biding his time on signing a new contract at Manchester United as he seeks assurances over a perceived lack of match action this season.

The young prodigy has largely struggled for chances this season under Jose Mourinho after a tremendous breakthrough campaign last year.

The 19-year-old grabbed five Premier League goals and two assists in just 11 appearances last season but has struggled for game time due to the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer.

According to The Times, the youngster has been ‘left frustrated with the situation’ and fears he will ‘never be given an extended run in the team under Mourinho’.

Although highly regarded by Mourinho, the options available in United’s attack have meant Rashford’s chances have been restricted this season and he’s not progressed as many expected he would,

Nontheless, it has been reported that Rashford would be offered a new pay rise at the end of the season in accordance with his more senior years.

A United source told The Sun earlier this month: “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.”

However, with the lack of minutes on the pitch, Rashford is reportedly set to monitor the situation before agreeing to any deal.

Mourinho does see the youngster as a valuable member of his squad, though, and with a large number of fixtures coming up in the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League, Rashford should be utilised more in the upcoming weeks.

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