Marcus Rashford ready to sign new £150,000-a-week Manchester United deal after permanent appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as manager
- Marcus Rashford has just over a year remaining on his Manchester United deal
- He had become disillusioned with life at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho
- Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer signed a three-year deal on Thursday
Manchester United have held positive talks with Marcus Rashford’s representatives, raising hopes the England striker will sign a new five-year contract at Old Trafford worth £150,000-a-week.
Rashford’s current deal runs out next summer – although United have an option to extend it by a further 12 months – and he is set to more than double his current salary.
The 21-year-old has produced the best form of his young career under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, scoring eight goals in 18 games under the Norwegian coach.
England striker Marcus Rashford is ready to sign a new deal at Manchester United
Rashford is keen to sign following the permanent appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Rashford gets on particularly well with Solskjaer having benefited from the former United striker’s expert knowledge of the position and commitment to promoting the club’s young players.
There were fears he was losing his way at United under Jose Mourinho amid interest from some of Europe’s top clubs, but talks have gone well since Solskjaer took over in December, and United’s decision to appoint the caretaker manager on a permanent basis this week will only work in their favour in negotiations with Rashford’s camp.
Talks with Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and David de Gea have not gone quite as smoothly, however, with United insisting that pay rises for the three Spaniards must be fair to both sides.
The 21-year-old had become disillusioned under previous manager Jose Mourinho
However he has been restored to a central striking role under Solskjaer and has hit his stride
De Gea has another year left on his contract but Herrera and Mata will be free agents at the end of the season.
Herrera is attracting interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal, but Solskjaer is hopeful the club can reach a compromise with his representatives.
‘Ander has been very good since I came in and we want the best players in this club,’ said the United boss. ‘Let’s hope the club and player find an agreement. We will have a strong squad next season.’