Mason Greenwood to be rewarded for rapid progress with new Manchester United contract

The teenager will be expected to play a large role at United this season (Picture: Getty)

Mason Greenwood is set to commit his long-term future to Manchester United in the coming weeks after the club reportedly opened talks over a new contract for the teenager.

The 17-year-old will be expected to play a large role at Old Trafford this season, with the departures of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku increasing the responsibility placed on Greenwood’s shoulders.

Although he has yet to start a Premier League match this season, the youngster has come off the bench in all four games and is the first line of cover behind Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

Greenwood looked impressive over the summer in pre-season for United (Picture: Getty)

According to The Athletic, Greenwood’s enhanced status in the United first team – coupled with his rapid progress – has seen talks begin over a new £25,000-a-week deal.

That would mark a significant departure from United’s previous policy of not handing mammoth contracts to younger players, while it is an enormous improvement on the £800-a-week he currently takes home.

The contract offer on the table is also believed to include a clause that will see his salary increase in line with the number of games he plays, as well as an appearance fee.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big fan of Greenwood and gave serious consideration to starting him at the weekend against Southampton in the absence of Martial, though left him on the bench until the second half.

Greenwood came on midway through the second half at St Mary’s on Saturday (Picture: Getty)

Speaking about the youngster, Solskjaer said: ‘Mason is not used to playing as little as he is at the moment, he’s used to playing every week, not he’s coming on for half an hour here or there.

‘That’s a learning curve for him. He won’t play five games on the bounce, he’s cover and an option behind Marcus and Anthony.’


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