Marcus Rashford awarded Honorary Degree from The University of Manchester

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford will receive an honorary doctorate from The University Of Manchester, joining club legends Sir Bobby Charlton and Alex Ferguson as recipients of the award.

The degree is the highest honour the University can award, and Rashford is its youngest recipient, after his successful campaign against child poverty.

Free Food Campaign 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Federal Government announced a decision to end their free food voucher program for schooling children, one which Rashford was once a beneficiary. 

Rashford has shown to be as good a representative of the local community as he is a player for Man Utd. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY NEWS WEEK.

The 22-year-old consequentially took to Twitter to stand against and make awareness about the decision with his #MakeTheUTurn campaign.

After also writing an open letter to the Prime Minister, the Federal Government eventually made a U-Turn on their decision and are set to continue the program.

On-pitch Duties

Marcus Rashford has been a joy to watch this season. He is the Red’s joint-top scorer and is having his best-ever season in the Premier League, scoring 17 goals and assisting seven more.

The Englishman has also not been left out of the Manchester club’s recent resurgence as they sit on the back of a 19 game unbeaten run.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 16: Marcus Rashford of Manchester United celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Selhurst Park on July 16, 2020 in London, England. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY JUSTIN SETTERFIELD/GETTY IMAGES.

In their 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace on Thursday, Rashford showed great composure to open the scoring for the Red Devils. He then set up the second for Anthony Martial, after skillfully beating three Palace players.

Finishing Strong

Manchester United sit fifth, only behind fourth-placed Leicester by goal difference.

With the curtain drawing near in the Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men face West Ham and Leicester, two pivotal games in their chase for a top-four finish.

Before that, they travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday for an FA Cup semi-final clash with Chelsea.

In the UEFA Europa League, Manchester United have a second leg knockout game against LASK, after their 5-0 first leg demolition of the Austrian club in March.

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY GOAL.

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping to finish the season on a high note, he would need his players to continue their spectacular showing, and Marcus Rashford has proven he can be a force, both on and off the pitch.

Ojele Joshua
Manchester City Central staff writer.
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