Marcus Rashford the Manchester Hero
Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford will become the youngest person to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester for his campaign against child poverty. The 22-year-old attacker who has scored 21 goals this season in the English Premier League campaigned for the government to allow about 1.3 million children to claim free school meal vouchers in England’s summer holidays.
The award is the highest honour the university can give to an individual and England forward has been appointed as the player who deserves the award. According to Marcus Rashford on recieving the award he said: “a proud day for myself and my family”.
Manchester United legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton are the only two people to have recieved the award in Manchester United as either coach or player to have previously received the award from the university.
Marcas Rashford also said: “When you look at the great names that have been awarded this doctorate in the past, it’s humbling. “We still have a long way to go in the fight to combat child poverty in this country but receiving recognition from your city means we are heading in the right direction and that means a lot.”