Manchester United are in the early stages of drafting a new long-term contract to keep striker Marcus Rashford at Old Trafford, according to reports.

The Mail on Sunday says United are keen on upgrading Rashford's terms despite the England international signing a new four-year deal – believed to be worth around £1m ($1.3m) – as recently as May.

The Red Devils want to avoid another situation similar to that of Paul Pogba, who left the club for free to join Juventus in 2012 before rejoining the Old Trafford club in a world-record transfer earlier this summer.

Rashford has made a strong start to the season, scoring a dramatic last-minute winner for United against Hull City in August.

He also caught the eye for England at Euro 2016, with his brief cameo in the 2-1 defeat against Iceland drawing praise from television pundits.

The Mail on Sunday says United are in constant touch with Rashford's agent to keep him out of the grasp of other top clubs in Europe.

Midfield role

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney preferred by manager Jose Mourinho up front, former Red Devils midfielder Paul Scholes believes Rashford could establish himself in the first-team by playing on the wings.

"He gave [Bacary] Sagna a real tough time [in the Manchester derby]," Scholes was quoted as saying by the Independent.

Marcus Rashford
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford impressed when he came on as a substitute against Manchester City Getty Images

"He's got great ability to run at a player. He looked like he had a goal in him.

"I think the left-hand side and right-hand side are problems for United. I don't think those positions are set in stone for anybody. There's a chance there.

"I think Marcus is the best one to play in that position, especially at Watford."

Rashford started 11 league games for United last season, scoring five goals.

He scored on his England debut against Australia in May and made two appearances for the Three Lions at Euro 2016.

"I am grateful for having the chance to prove myself. To be able to play football at the biggest club in the world means everything to me and my family," Rashford told United's official website after signing a new contract in May.