Former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has questioned Manchester United’s decision to make England forward Marcus Rashford the club’s best-paid player.
Rashford ended months of speculation by signing a new five-year contract in July.
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The 25-year-old now sits on £375,000 per week, per The Sun, making him the Red Devils’ highest-paid player, above the likes of Raphael Varane and Casemiro.
However, Pardew is unsure that Rashford deserved his new lucrative contract, telling talkSPORT that he gets exploited by away teams.
Pardew said, “He’s probably in the top ten paid players in the country. Did he really deserve that contract? Had he done enough in that small period when he was very successful at the back end of last year? I don’t know.
“The one thing about Rashford is he’s never been a great defender of the side of the pitch. Whenever I managed against him a couple of times, the full-back down the side of the pitch got some joy. I think that he gets exploited by away teams a lot down his side.
“The answer for Ten Hag at the minute seems to be to put him through the middle, and I am less weak on the side. Is he really a number nine? There are some question marks about him.”