Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford is set to sign a contract extension at Old Trafford. The teenage sensation has scored an impressive five goals in his first 11 Premier League appearances, and marked his international debut by scoring with his very first touch in England's win over Australia on Friday.
According to the BBC, who are at the more reliable end of the rumour spectrum -- claim that Rashford's current deal is due to expire at the end of next season, though the new one is a "long-term contract" worth in the region of £20,000 per week. A world apart from the likes of Jorge Mendes and Mino Raiola, the local lad has apparently been "represented in negotiations by family members".
The same article declares that United are also tying down defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson to a new contract after he made his first-team breakthrough under Louis van Gaal.
It's obviously good news that Rashford is set to sign a new contract at United, though his doing 'a Pogba' never really looked likely. There may well be lingering concerns about whether Rashford will be given a chance under José Mourinho next season, but there's little reason why he shouldn't be -- especially with Europa League football guaranteeing there'll be plenty of (meaningless) matches.
Contrary to the expected goals nerds -- who do, it should be said, often have interesting things to say -- we're big Rashford fans here at TBB, and that's even when we remove our rose-tinted spectacles.
A lot of folks mad online because I don't think Rashford is very good. And I don't think he is, I'm sorry.— Michael Caley (@MC_of_A) May 2, 2016
Not only does Rashford have what we may describe under an umbrella term: a goalscoring knack, but he also appears to have footballing intelligence and a good first touch, enabling him to work the channels and link with supporting teammates. He really does look like a fine prospect. Let's hope it's not us who end up being proven wrong.