Manchester United: Marcus Rashford Pledges Future to Jose Mourinho

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford.
Marcus Rashford of Manchester United at Wembley Stadium, London, May 21. The 18-year-old has signed a new deal at the club until 2020. Mike Hewitt/Getty

In the first days of the new king's reign, there has been frenetic activity at the Old Trafford court.

Michael Carrick, the experienced midfielder, is believed to have been offered a new one-year contract, weeks after he was widely expected to be on his travels, not sunning himself on a Thai beach but searching for a new club to take on his elegant services.

News of the 34-year-old's future came from former United midfielder Paddy Crerand, who told MUTV, the club's in-house television channel, he was "delighted" Carrick had signed a new deal, though there has been no official confirmation as yet from the club.

One man who has definitely signed for the long-term is the baby-faced courtier, Marcus Rashford, who has a new deal until 2020 to celebrate, which the 18-year-old confirmed on his Twitter account. That is reward for a blindingly fast start to his senior career in which he has seven goals in 18 games since February.

Happy to have signed a new contract with @ManUtd ✍🏾🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/Ez3eNm7Bz9

— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) May 30, 2016

The Rashford deal, in particular, should allay some of the appropriately placed fear that Jose Mourinho might turn his nose up at the youth players brought through under United's former manager, Louis Van Gaal.

Mourinho, the 53-year-old, was known to be mistrustful of academy products during his two spells as Chelsea manager, the latter of which ended in December 2015, preferring instead to place his faith in gnarled experience.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, the 19-year-old defender, also signed a new deal until June 2020 on Monday.

Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has signed a new contract with #mufc. Read the full details here: https://t.co/QeyaVCZu1y pic.twitter.com/pjmN1H0yXe

— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 30, 2016