Manchester United are set to offer striker Mason Greenwood a new contract at the club, which could be worth up to £25,000-a-week, according to The Athletic via the Daily Mail.
Greenwood is now one of only three strikers United have available to them in the first-team following the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan this summer, and has featured for the Red Devils off the substitutes’ bench in all four of their Premier League matches so far this term.
Greenwood has so far played a total of 47 minutes after scoring twice for United in pre-season. There is also an expectation that he’ll start some games in the Carabao Cup and the Europa League in the coming months.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer holds the recently-selected England U21 international in extremely high regard, saying (also via Daily Mail): “I think with his movement and his cleverness, he’s going to be a very good player, the young boy.”
“He can play all of the front-three positions, or across the front four, as he can play No 10, No 7, No 11 and No 9.
“He’s a natural footballer with his left foot, coming in, but he’s got two feet. He takes free kicks with his left, free kicks with his right.
“He must stay clear of injuries, be professional and I’m sure he’s going to grab his chance. Everything is there for him.”
The club are also expected to enter talks with the likes of Angel Gomes, James Garner, Tahith, Brandon Williams and Ethan Laird.
Although Greenwood is now a member of the first-team at Manchester United, handing a £25,000-a-week contract to a 17-year-old who is yet to make a Premier League start for the club could prove to be a dangerous move.
The young forward has a great deal of quality and potential, as Solskjaer alludes to, but firstly needs to prove himself at the very top level before earning a bumper contract worth that amount of money.
United would perhaps be sensible to integrate him fully into the first-team set-up as a regular and then, should everything go as planned, offer him an improved deal at the end of the campaign, or at least in January.
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