Marcus Rashford earns just £500-per-week at Manchester United

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Very few people had heard of Marcus Rashford this time last week.

In fact, some Manchester Untied fans probably didn’t even know who he was.

But after two goals against Midtjylland on his debut and another brace against Arsenal on Sunday, he features on the back page of every newspaper in the country.

His four goals in two matches has also prompted calls for him to be considered for Roy Hodgson’s England squad for Euro 2016.

An astonishing rise to fame in just the matter of a few days.

But just because Rashford has shot to stardom, it doesn’t mean he gets paid the wages to match - in fact, far from it.

The Sun claim that the striker is currently on a contract worth just £500-per-week.

To put that into context, that’s 600 times less than fellow United striker Wayne Rooney, with the captain picking up £300,000-per-week.

It means that the 18-year-old earns just £26,000-per-year, which is £500 less than the UK average pay.

However, it’s highly likely that Rashford’s four goals in his first two appearances at Old Trafford will see him get a pretty hefty pay-rise in the near future.

Rashford only started United’s Europa League clash against Midtjylland last week due to an injury to Anthony Martial in the warm-up.

Louis van Gaal’s side were trailing 3-2 on aggregate when the teenager struck twice to help send the Red Devils through.

But his goals against title-challenging Arsenal, which came within three minutes of each other, were even more impressive.

The youngster pounced on a poor clearance from centre-back Gabriel to strike past Petr Cech to give the home side the lead.

He then put United 2-0 up when he nodded in from a Jesse Lingered cross to send Old Trafford into ecstasy.

He also played a key role in his side’s third goal, laying the ball on for Ander Herrera to strike past Cech, via a hefty deflection off Laurent Koscielny.

Unsurprisingly, Rashford has received plenty of plaudits after his latest brace.

His manager, Van Gaal had this to say to Sky Sports: "It's unbelievable when you are 18 years old and you come in," he said.

"I can understand it like last Thursday against Midtjylland because you are coming in and you do your thing without any pressure.

"But the second time is more difficult and he played a very good match. The things I asked of him, he scores again - four goals in two matches - that is an average that is unusual!

"You get a chance and you have to perform, you have to do the things that we are asking. I have always said it is not a matter of age, it is a matter of quality and he shows it."

The Englishman joined the club when he was just seven years old, reportedly rejecting offers from Manchester City and Liverpool.

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