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Manchester United are ready to reward Marcus Rashford for the sensational start to his career with an improved contract, Football Insider sources understand.
The striker is set for a huge bump-up on his current deal, which is worth around £500-a-week plus bonuses.
A United source has told Football Insider that the Premier League giants will sit down with Rashford and his representatives to begin discussions on improved terms.
The 18-year-old has made an astonishing start to his senior career after being handed his debut by Louis van Gaal in Thursday’s Europa League win over Midtjylland following the late withdrawal through injury of Anthony Martial.
Rashford scored twice in a 5-1 triumph over the Danish minnows and then added another double in Sunday’s 3-2 Premier League victory over Arsenal.
He was compared afterwards by Van Gaal to Thomas Muller, Xavi and Patrick Kluivert for the impact he has had at the start of his senior career.
Rashford is one of 14 players from United’s academy to have been given a first-team opportunity during Louis van Gaal’s reign.
Jesse Lingard and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are among those who have established themselves in the senior side but none have had the impact of Rashford, who was given his chance only due to the lack of alternative options.
In addition to the absence of Martial, Wayne Rooney is out until April with knee ligament damage and Will Keane has a groin injury.