Jose Mourinho is busy preparing his squad for next season as he ties down the players who remain part of his plans and moves on those deemed surplus to requirements.
Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay have already been shown the door with Ashley Young expected to follow before next week’s deadline day.
Mourinho has wasted little time deciding who he wants to go forward with. With extensions already made to the contracts of Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valencia, the Portuguese is also eager to tie Marcus Rashford to the club for the foreseeable future.
The Sun report the 19 year old England striker remains part of Mourinho’s long term plans despite his frustrating season so far, where he has been largely used as a sub.
Rashford, who burst onto the scene under Louis van Gaal, just under a year ago, only signed a long term deal last summer, rumoured to be worth £20,000 per week, but Manchester United sources suggest improved terms will be negotiated with the player ahead of the new campaign with the player’s money expected to increase over the lifetime of the contract, by around £5,000 per week, each year.
An 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 will be unhappy with the playing time he has received so far this season but his attitude in training has shown the ex Chelsea boss that the player is happy to be called upon when required and is learning day in day out from training with experienced pro’s like Manchester United’s all time leading goalscorer, Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic who has impressed greatly since arriving at the club last summer.
The Swede himself could be inline for a new contract with reports suggesting he could sign a two year deal leading him up to his 37th birthday, with Rashford ready and waiting to replace the prolific striker when needed.
Damien McEvoy Pundit Arena
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