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Name Marcus Rashford
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer

Affiliation

Club as Player Manchester United

Relationship

Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Teammate Anthony Martial

2016 09 17 Retrieve

[Marcus Rashford says he was inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo] When Cristiano Ronaldo came to United, he was the one who everyone looked up to. The thing that impressed me the most was the fact he was only young when he came into the side and he wanted to be the best player in the side. He worked hard every single day, you saw him in the gym every single day and the results came on the pitch. He openly wanted to be the best player in the world. You have to have an approach like that – all the best players in the world do. It’s not arrogance or anything like that, it’s the mindset you need to achieve things

2016 10 15 Retrieve

[Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford speaks about the influence veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had on his career so far] It has been amazing. We’ve got a lot of world-class players in the team, especially in the forwards like Zlatan and Wayne. For the young lads, we can’t ask for anything better. The likes of me, Anthony and Jesse – watching these forwards play and how they train, their mentality, is so important. You can’t ask for more. Zlatan is very easy to speak to and he’s easy to get along with. The way he approaches every game is about winning. He wants to win, regardless of the opponent, whether we are home or away, whatever the odds, he always wants to find a way to win. That mentality is what you need to be at the top level. That is where he is and where he has been for years

2017 11 18 Retrieve

[Marcus Rashford on watching the Brazilian Ronaldo growing up] He was a top player who won a lot of things, so when he’s saying good things about you it really stands out. When you’re young you watch clips of the best players in the world and try to emulate them. With Ronaldo, I liked how he always played free. No matter where he was playing, he went out there and expressed himself. When you do that, that’s when you play your best football

2019 03 09 Retrieve

[Marcus Rashford on his winning penalty to punctuate an unprecedented comeback against PSG] I think it was just about keeping a cool head. That’s what you practice for. I wanted to take it. Those moments are the moments we live for, and we want to come out of them smiling after

2019 08 10 Retrieve

[Marcus Rashford was handed his debut by Louis van Gaal in February 2016. Louis van Gaal was fired at the end of the 2015/16 campaign and replaced by Jose Mourinho, who Rashford then played under for two-and-a-half years] He [Ole Gunnar Solskjaer] has brought stability. In the past three years, you were never sure about anything. Now we have stability. Everyone’s in a good mood, a good place. It’s a completely different environment to what it has been, it feels back like normal. We really want to test ourselves now against the best in the league

2019 08 20 Tweet

[Paul Pogba: Manchester United vows to take action after star targeted by racist abuse on social media] Enough now, this needs to stop @Twitter. Manchester United is a family. @paulpogba is a huge part of that family. You attack him you attack us all… @ManUtd

2019 10 16 Retrieve

[England’s players were subjected to racist abuse during Monday night’s 6-0 Euro 2020 qualifying win over Bulgaria in Sofia] Not an easy situation to play in and not one which should be happening in 2019. Proud we rose above it to take three points but this needs stamping out. Thankful to the brilliant England support. You got behind us in the most meaningful way possible tonight and we are all very grateful. Have a safe journey home and take care. Also been told what the Bulgaria captain did at half-time. To stand alone and do the right thing takes courage and acts like that shouldn’t go unnoticed

2019 10 27 Retrieve

[Marcus Rashford pointed to a key difference in his partnership with Anthony Martial which is paying dividends] We’re talking to each other as we’re playing so it makes it a lot more simple for you on the ball because it’s impossible to see him. So if he doesn’t speak it’s impossible to make that pass. If we can just give each other information when we pass the ball it makes it a lot more simple so that’s the next step for us

2019 10 30 Retrieve

[Marcus Rashford take on Manchester United current position] We’ve been in a tough place. We’re still getting through that phase. The only way to get through it is to fight through it and win because they’re the things which keep everyone happy. When you’ve won, you wake up with a good feeling. The main focus was improvement and development. But we’re definitely going places

2019 11 18 Retrieve

It has been a tough period and now I’m getting consistent games and playing week in, week out. As a forward that has huge importance, especially with [getting] chances. If you are not in the team and you’re in and out, you don’t quite have that confidence in front of goal. But when you’re having a run in the team it’s important to come up with the goods and once you start doing that it becomes second nature. You take it game by game and keep improving

I feel like I have experienced a lot in the game. Hopefully there are more big occasions to experience as well. While I’m still young, I have experience in big games that people of my age don’t usually experience. I have to use that to my advantage and try to help the team

I have been in two tournaments now and the squad is so important. With the qualities that every individual has in this team it is something we have to use to our advantage. People are going to be playing at different moments but when you are on the pitch you have to do your best, and try to come up with the goods. It is good competition; we really do have that kind of environment when we are in the camp together and it is positive

[Rashford feels he is starting to score with more instinctive finishes like the one he bent around Aro Muric on Sunday] For me, when I score those types of goals, or even tap-ins, it holds bigger importance because I know those are the goals I need to get more of,” he said. “The spectacular goals come every once in a while, so if you want to become a great goalscorer you have to score all types. That is the next step I’m focusing on

2019 11 21 Retrieve

[Rashford revealed he is enjoying the good times in front of goal but is adamant there is plenty more to come in his career as he gets older] I just use these experiences now in my favour to better me in the future, because I know when I’m 25, 26, 27, they’re the years when I’m going to be playing my best football. I’m just looking ahead to those times really and improving as much as I can until then. In reality, my peak is not going to be for another four or five years. As good as things are now, they can only get better

2019 11 26 Retrieve

[Rashford’s efforts to help the homeless in Manchester has morphed into the In the Box Campaign] I just remember even when I was a kid, we used to train in Salford and at the time we didn’t drive, so we used to get a bus into town and a bus out of town. And between the two bus journeys, you have to walk through the city centre. And probably every morning you’d see five or 10 different people, and from then it was in my mind. As I got older, I’m in a position to make a difference for them.

It’s a no-brainer for me, I think. Why not? That’s how it all developed [the In the Box Campaign] and just stemmed from there. This is the most productive way … For me, this type of stuff is making a bigger difference to our lives than just giving them money.

[Part of Rashford’s aim is to give something back to Manchester] Everyone knows everyone, I wouldn’t say it’s a normal community. I’ve lived in three or four different places in Manchester and each place is as much as home as the last place. The people around your neighbourhood – it’s all just very, very homely. I think as a city that’s massive and we have to use that to our advantage.

I’m from one part of Manchester but people from all over Manchester are coming in and helping. It’s something that coming in I expected and Manchester is a beautiful city and the more people that get to know that the better

[He has not yet played 200 games for United, but he is already the face of Solskjaer’s young team] Of course you have ups and downs, and for me it’s all part of the journey of becoming successful. If there are downs then you take them all day long. I’m obviously very happy in my position right now and you just want to keep improving and keep bettering yourself as a person

[He has signed up for four more years] It had to be United for me. You know, I remember when I was younger, you used to go and train at other clubs and as soon as I trained at United that the first time, that was it. I remember saying to my brother, ‘I don’t want to go to anywhere else now. And that the feeling of a family that we have in Manchester, when I went to United, that was the exact same thing.

It’s like one big family and everybody, the coaching staff, from all ages, they all want the best for you. I think that’s what draws people into Manchester United. Once they become a part of it, it never leaves them. When I was a kid this is this is what I dreamed of doing

2020 06 01 Retrieve

[On Monday, Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford posted on Twitter that] We appear to be more divided than ever. I know you guys haven’t heard from me in a few days. I’ve been trying to process what is going on in the world. At a time where I’ve been asking people to come together, work together and be united, we appear to be more divided than ever. People are hurting and we need answers. Black lives matter. Black culture matters. Black communities matter. We matter

2020 06 11 Tweet

[Rashford hits charity milestone as Man Utd star helps FareShare to supply three million meals to vulnerable people] Guys, I have AMAZING news!! We had a goal that by end of June FareShare would be able to supply 3million meals to vulnerable people across the UK. TODAY we have met the financial goal to provide these meals. Thank you all SO much for the support. And whilst I’m celebrating this, there is SO much more to do. Trust me when I say, I will keep fighting until no child in the UK has to worry about where their next meal is coming from. This is England in 2020 and families need help

2020 06 12 Retrieve

[Marcus Rashford: Manchester United striker will ‘keep fighting’ to tackle child hunger. Manchester United striker has helped the FareShare charity raise more than £20m during lockdown] We had a goal that by end of June we would be able to supply 3 million meals to vulnerable people across the UK. Today we have met the financial goal to provide these meals. Thank you all so much for the support. And whilst I’m celebrating this, there is so much more to do. Trust me when I say, I will keep fighting until no child in the UK has to worry about where their next meal is coming from. This is England in 2020 and families need help

2020 06 14 Retrieve

[Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has written to the House of Commons urging Members of Parliament to continue a free meal scheme for vulnerable youngsters] The government has taken a ‘whatever it takes’ approach to the economy - I’m asking you today to extend that same thinking to protecting all vulnerable children across England. I encourage you to hear their pleas and find your humanity. Please reconsider your decision to cancel the food voucher scheme over the summer holiday period and guarantee the extension. This is England in 2020, and this is an issue that needs urgent assistance. Please, while the eyes of the nation are on you, make the U-turn and make protecting the lives of some of our most vulnerable a top priority. As a black man from a low-income family in Wythenshawe, Manchester, I could have been just another statistic. Instead, due to the selfless actions of my mum, my family, my neighbors, and my coaches, the only stats I’m associated with are goals, appearances and caps. I would be doing myself, my family and my community an injustice if I didn’t stand here today with my voice and my platform and ask you for help

2020 06 15 Retrieve

[Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford has urged the UK government to reconsider its decision not to extend the current food voucher scheme into the school summer holidays] This is not about politics; this is about humanity. Looking at ourselves in the mirror and feeling like we did everything we could to protect those who can’t, for whatever reason or circumstance, protect themselves. Political affiliations aside, can we not all agree that no child should be going to bed hungry? Food poverty in England is a pandemic that could span generations if we don’t course correct now. The Government has taken a ‘whatever it takes’ approach to the economy - I’m asking you today to extend that same thinking to protecting all vulnerable children across England. I encourage you to hear their pleas and find your humanity. Please reconsider your decision to cancel the food voucher scheme over the summer holiday period and guarantee the extension. This is England in 2020 and this is an issue that needs urgent assistance. Please, while the eyes of the nation are on you, make the U-turn and make protecting the lives of some of our most vulnerable a top priority

[Around 5m people in households with children have struggled to put food on the table each day during the coronavirus crisis, while a third of children on free school meals did not have adequate alternative options, according to Food Foundation estimates] On a week that would have opened Euro 2020, I wanted to reflect back to May 27th, 2016, when I stood in the middle of the Stadium of Light in Sunderland having just broken the record for the youngest player to score in his first Senior International match. I watched the crowds waving their flags and fist-pumping the three lions on their shirts and I was overwhelmed with pride not only for myself, but for all of those who had helped me reach this moment and achieve my dream of playing for the England national team. Understand: without the kindness and generosity of the community I had around me, there wouldn’t be the Marcus Rashford you see today: a 22-year-old Black man lucky enough to make a career playing a game I love.

My story to get here is all-too-familiar for families in England: my mum worked full-time, earning minimum wage to make sure we always had a good evening meal on the table. But it was not enough. The system was not built for families like mine to succeed, regardless of how hard my mum worked

As a family, we relied on breakfast clubs, free school meals, and the kind actions of neighbours and coaches. Food banks and soup kitchens were not alien to us; I recall very clearly our visits to Northern Moor to collect our Christmas dinners every year. It’s only now that I really understand the enormous sacrifice my mum made in sending me away to live in digs aged 11, a decision no mother would ever make lightly

This Summer should have been filled with pride once more, parents and children waving their flags, but in reality, Wembley Stadium could be filled more than twice with children who have had to skip meals during lockdown due to their families not being able to access food. (200,000 children according to Food Foundation estimates).

As their stomachs grumble, I wonder if those 200,000 children will ever be proud enough of their country to pull on the England national team shirt one day and sing the national anthem from the stands

As a Black man from a low-income family in Wythenshawe, Manchester, I could have been just another statistic. Instead, due to the selfless actions of my mum, my family, my neighbours, and my coaches, the only stats I’m associated with are goals, appearances and caps. I would be doing myself, my family and my community an injustice if I didn’t stand here today with my voice and my platform and ask you for help

[The break has allowed Rashford to recover from the back injury that kept him out of the majority of those games and he is now ready to help United pick up where they left off in their first match in over three months, away to Tottenham on June 19] I think coming out of this lockdown we are in a much stronger position than we were going into it. I think we just need to take each game as it comes and not get too ahead of ourselves. We are working hard in training, gelling as a team with players coming back from injury, etc. For me personally, I felt I was having my best season to date before the injury hit so now I’m back fully fit I’m determined to push on

2020 06 15b Retrieve

[Rashford says Manchester United are in a “much stronger position” ahead of the Premier League’s return] I think coming out of this lockdown we are in a much stronger position than we were going into it. I think we just need to take each game as it comes and not get too ahead of ourselves. We are working hard in training, gelling as a team with players coming back from injury, etc. For me personally, I felt I was having my best season to date before the injury hit so now I’m back fully fit I’m determined to push on

2020 06 16 Retrieve

[Marcus Rashford says he is ‘not beaten yet’ after the government rejected his plea for the food voucher scheme to be extended] Today I focus on a trophy that stands for something much bigger than football. Today I focus on a trophy that stands for something much bigger than football. Today I focus on a trophy that stands for something much bigger than football. I don’t claim to have the education of an MP in parliament, but I do have a social education. I am clued up on the difference a U-turn decision would make on the 1.3 million vulnerable children across the UK who are registered for free school meals because 10 years ago I was one of them

[Rashford, whose letter was praised by education leaders and teachers’ unions] When you wake up this morning and run your shower, take a second to think about parents who have had their water turned off during lockdown. When you turn on your kettle to make a cup of tea or coffee think of those parents who have had to default on electricity bill payments just to make ends meet having lost their jobs during the pandemic. And when you head to the fridge to grab the milk, stop and recognise that parents of at least 200,000 children across the country this morning are waking up to empty shelving. Recognise children around the country are this morning innocently questioning ‘why?’ 9 out of 30 children in any given classroom are today asking ‘why?’ ‘Why does our future not matter?’