Marcus Rashford is a name that wouldn’t have been familiar to many Manchester United fans this time last week, but now he is the toast of Old Trafford.
The 18-year-old wasn’t even meant to be playing when he grabbed two goals against Midtjylland in the Europa League, but injury to Anthony Martial in the warm up gave him the chance to excel.
Many pundits were predicting the Man Utd youngster to get found out in his Premier League debut against Arsenal, but he proved them wrong by bagging a brace and the Old Trafford higher ups are paying attention.
According to The Sun, Rashford is set to be offered a new £15,000-a-week contract, a deal that would see his earnings go up 3,000 per cent from his current £500 deal.
The 18-year-old’s contract was set to run out in the summer and the club’s big offer is a clear indication of how highly they rate the emerging striker.
Of course, it could be argued that the Red Devils have overreacted to Rashford’s four goals in two games and are paying too much for an unproven striker.
However, the Manchester-born forward was a star in the youth setup and developments at Chelsea show the United man may even be getting underpaid.
The Blues have put pen to paper on a new deal for Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with the 20-year-old signing on until 2021.
According to The Telegraph, the midfielder is going to be paid £60,000-a-week, a massive amount when you consider his contribution to the team.
Loftus-Cheek has only made 13 appearances for the west Londoners, with only three Premier League starts to his name, and is yet to make a real impression with the senior side.
The Lewisham-born Chelsea man has been with the club since he was seven and is highly thought of at Stamford Bridge having twice won the FA Youth Cup along with Under-21 Premier League and UEFA Youth League triumphs.
However, his exposure in the first-team so far doesn’t seem to warrant his exorbitant contract, with the highlight of his senior career thus far being a solitary goal against Scunthorpe in the FA Cup.
Compare this to the in-form Rashford and it seems unfair that the Chelsea man is being paid so much more than his Man Utd counterpart and the 18-year-old would be right in feeling that he got a raw deal.