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United to double Cleverley’s money
Manchester United are ready to reward Tom Cleverley's remarkable progress - by doubling his wages just ONE year after his current contract. Talks are now underway to bring the England midfielder's salary into line with some of the superstars at the club, after he confirmed his status as one of the most exciting young players in the country with a string of superb performances. Cleverley is now a fixture in the England team, and is seen as a key part of Sir Alex Ferguson's new-look United side as he looks to create a team that can dominate the Premier League for the next decade. Crucially, the 23-year-old has begun to show the goals instinct that his manager has been hoping to see, and with his pivotal role in the United team, the Old Trafford board accept the player will demand a bigger deal. He is currently on around £40,000 a week after signing a contract at the start of last season, but that was before he made any impact in both the Premier League or on the international stage. Now though, Cleverley can expect to double his money, to reflect his status at the club... even if that will still leave him a long way short of some of the top earners at Old Trafford, such as Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, who command more than twice that figure.
Elsewhere, the Daily Mail says United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the favourite to land the vacant manager’s position at Bolton Wanderers. Club chairman Phil Gartside was apparently in London when Solskjaer pulled out of a speaking engagement at the Leaders in Football conference at Stamford Bridge. The 39-year-old has also been linked with bossing Blackburn.
Finally, many of today’s papers feature Wayne Rooney, after he was made temporary England captain by manager Roy Hodgson on Thursday. The Reds striker has described the appointment as “a great honour.”