Man Utd have implemented the ‘Ronaldo Rule’ Marcus Rashford’s was the first to be affected when negotiating new contract
The 25-year-old is in top form, having scored 16 goals in all competitions this season. United currently sit fourth in the Premier League, five points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur, who have a game in hand.
Rashford was instrumental in this by scoring against Manchester City, Liverpool, and league leaders Arsenal. As his current contract expires in 2024, the club is eager to reward his efforts with better terms.
United are eager to rebuild the culture under Erik ten Hag after paying a premium for superstars over the last decade.
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The five-time Ballon d’Or winner departed United in November after blasting Ten Hag in an explosive interview with Piers Morgan.
United have adopted a clause to prevent their marquee players from being paid exorbitant sums after Ronaldo’s departure for Saudi Arabian behemoth Al Nassr.
According to The Sun, when United negotiates with Rashford, they will not go above £300,000 per week. David de Gea is currently United’s highest paid player, earning £375,000 a week, though he is expected to take a pay cut if he signs a new contract
Ten Hag believes that renewing Rashford’s contract is a priority since big teams around Europe are interested in the England international.
Over the summer, Rashford’s representatives reportedly met with officials from Paris Saint-Germain. He has shown no desire to quit his boyhood club since finding his form under Ten Hag.
Ten Hag lauded Rashford for persevering in Saturday’s 2-1 triumph over Manchester City. In the first half, he pulled up with an injury, slamming the ground in disgust.
Rashford came on in the second half, assisting on the equalizer and scoring the game-winning goal.
“I don’t think I said he had to learn to deal with it, but he has; he knows how to deal; he knows that in top football you have to suffer, sacrifice, and have painful moments,” Ten Hag said post-match. “Especially a player like he is, he’s unstoppable, opponents will go tough against him to stop him. But you have to deal with it, and I think he’s capable of it. “He keeps investing, he keeps going, he keeps focusing for his chances and in the end he got a reward and the team got his reward.”