Cape Town - Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar
Solskjaer is reportedly looking to tie down a number of the club's
youngsters to new deals ahead of the January market.
Striker Mason Greenwood penned new £25 000-per-week terms last month
and the Red Devils now want to acknowledge more of their exciting
academy graduates, having been handed their first-team break this season
It is understood young left-back Brandon Williams, who made his first
Premier League start in Sunday's 3-1 win against Brighton & Hove
Albion, has in recent days seen his weekly pay increased to around
Williams, 19, was previously on £800-per-week and certainly had his
manager singing his praises in the aftermath of the Seagulls' visit.
Solskjaer said: "He's (Williams) done nothing wrong since he's come
in and making it hard for me (to leave him out), definitely. He's
really, really impressed me. I have to say he's making it hard for me to
leave him out."
United have been forced to give youth a fling this term due to
injuries sustained by some of the more experienced players in their
Also in line for a pay hike is 18-year-old defensive midfielder James
Garner, with the Birkenhead-born starlet making three senior
appearances so far.
A potential cloud on the horizon, however, is the continued
uncertainty surrounding the future of 19-year-old winger Tahith Chong,
now in the final year of his deal at Old Trafford.
The Netherlands starlet is being linked with a free transfer switch
to Juventus next summer, with United prepared to offer the prospect a
similar deal to the one they persuaded Greenwood to sign.
Bosses at the Theatre of Dreams have a clear plan with regards to
promoting more players from their youth ranks, so want to show their
kids that they do not need to go anywhere else to be looked after on the
wages front should they thrive in the senior spotlight.
- TeamTalk Media