Man United forward Marcus Rashford’s contract is set to expire at the end of this season..
Rio Ferdinand has told Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford to demand “a million a year” more than the highest-paid player at the club with the England international in such fine form.
Rashford scored two goals in the second-half during England’s 3-0 win over Wales on Tuesday night. The United man was called up to Gareth Southgate’s starting XI after being used as a substitute for the matches against Iran and the USA, as he repaid his manager’s faith with a brace.
The 25-year-old scored a sumptuous free-kick to give his country the lead in the 50th minute, before scoring his second and England’s third with 20 minutes to go after driving at the Welsh defence with scintillating speed. United’s top goalscorer in the Premier League this season was unlucky not to score a hat-trick, as Danny Ward blocked his shot at the near post.
Rashford is in the last year of his contract at Old Trafford, and although the club have the option to extend the deal by a year, they will be keen to tie him down to as long a contract as possible. Ferdinand has now told the United star that he shouldn’t even negotiate with the club, such is his form, as he questions how the Reds let the contract situation get so far without having a deal in place already.
He told his Vibe with Five YouTube channel:“That’s the first thing I asked in the studio yesterday [how long is left on his contract], I text the group and said ‘what’s the contract situation with Marcus? Because boy, the numbers are going up by the minute.’ Every goal is a nought added to the demands, Man United could be getting pushed into a corner.
“I’ve got to be honest, I don’t know how United have let it get to this point, the only thing I’d say in defence of Man United is he was out of form massively so they was thinking is he going to get his form back but if you gamble that then this happens, he has you in a vice-like grip saying ‘show me the money’.
“If I’m him, I don’t even negotiate it, I say to my agent ‘you ain’t going in there, I know my value, I’m walking in there, sitting and saying who is the highest paid player at the club right now?’ And you say put a million a year above him.
“I’d just say that, ‘come on bruv pay me what I’m worth’. Nowadays, a lot of data is involved in there, I’d be going in there with presentation, look at the details, the assists.”