Marcus Rashford emerged as one of the brightest talents coming through Manchester United academy in 2016 after scoring twice on his Premier League debut against Arsenal. The United forward has gone on to establish himself as a key player under Mourinho and Solskjaer, and a vital cog in Gareth Southagate’s England squad.
Rashford was recently announced as one of the winners of the Sport for Social Change award, part of the British Sports Awards held by the Sports Journalists’ Association. The England international admitted the bond with Manchester United will be greater than his footballing career as the club provided him the platform to showcase his talents. Speaking after receiving the award Rashford said “All the good things that have happened this year it’s come from Manchester United giving me the opportunity as a kid. I don’t just remember the last year or the last five years, I’m talking about the times when nobody in my family drove and I had to get to training, and United had people to come and take me to the training ground and take me back home
When I was six, seven, eight years old, I’m talking about the times when they put me into accommodation when my mum was struggling at home, when I was 11 years old and I was up there until I was 16, 17, so it’s a lot deeper than what people see sometimes. I think people only see some of the stuff that’s been happening since I’ve been in the first team, but the bond that I have with United is much greater than just these last five years, and it will forever be greater than my actual career. They’re the reason that I’ve become a footballer, they’ve given me an opportunity to express myself and find out that I had talent in football.“