Man Utd hold contract talks with highly-rated English forward

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Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood is reportedly set to commit his long-term future to the Red Devils in the coming weeks after the board reportedly opened talks over a fresh contract for the teenager.

The 17-year-old ace will be expected to play a large role at Manchester United this season, with the exits of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez increasing the responsibility placed on his shoulders.

Although he has yet to start an EPL match this season, the forward has come off the bench in all four matches and is the first line of cover behind Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

According to The Athletic, Mason’s enhanced status in the Manchester United senior team – coupled with his rapid progress – has seen negotiations begin over a new £25,000 per week deal.

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

The contract renewal offer on the table is also understood to include a clause that will see Mason’s salary increase in line with the number of matches he plays, as well as an appearance sum.

United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big fan of Mason and gave serious consideration to starting him at the weekend versus Southampton in the absence of Anthony, though left him on the bench until the second half.

Speaking about the talent, 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.’