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Man Utd prepare ultimate deal for wrong player after critic questions ability to hit necessary milestone

England strikers Marcus Rashford and Harry Kane

Marcus Rashford might not be capable of reaching a goalscoring landmark that would make him worthy of the new deal Man Utd are preparing for him, it has been claimed.

Man Utd are ready to renew Rashford’s contract beyond its current expiry date of 2024. In the process, they will increase his salary significantly after the best goalscoring campaign of his career. He hit 30 goals in all competitions across the 2022-23 season.

Reports over the weekend from The Sun indicated that Rashford is due to become Man Utd’s highest earner when he signs his new deal. He is set to take home a new package worth £375,000 per week.

The plan for Man Utd is for David de Gea, who currently earns that salary, to effectively swap with Rashford’s current £200,000 weekly earnings.

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Should all go to plan, Rashford would be at the top of Man Utd’s wage bill. In turn, the 25-year-old would have to prove he is worth it.

And according to Tony Cascarino, Rashford will have to replicate what he has done this season – and perhaps even top it – in order to justify the magnitude of his potential new deal.

Cascarino ‘not sure’ Rashford can reach 150 Premier League goals

Cascarino told talkSPORT: “Look, he’s a very talented lad. He went through a number of injuries and had problems off the pitch which he seems to have resolved but now he’s set the standard of what he’s capable of.

“If you go three or four years down the line and we’re talking about Marcus Rashford, do we expect him to get near the 200 club? At the moment he’s got 128 goals and 76 Premier League goals.

“Can he get to 150 Premier League goals in the next three or four years? I’m not sure he’s capable of it. I haven’t seen enough evidence. He hasn’t achieved 20 once in the Premier League.

“There will be people who say that he doesn’t play down the middle as he plays off the left, but Ronaldo was off the left and in the middle and his record of how quickly he got to 100 goals was pretty alarming.

“Rashford had a fantastic season this year. The season that’s just finished, 30 goals and 17 Premier League goals, but do you think you’d want to pay £375,000-a-week for someone who has had their best season at 25 years old and played very well and looks like a different player this year?

“He looks way more clinical than he has done, but I still am not totally convinced about Marcus’s ability to lead the line at United for the next two or three years.

“He has to have the season that he had this year and that has to be the minimum.”

Meanwhile, Man Utd will reportedly submit an opening offer for a De Gea replacement this week.