|Club as Player||Manchester United|
|Coach||Ole Gunnar Solskjaer|
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. 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
2019 12 04 Retrieve
[Rashford: Beating Tottenham the hardest Man Utd have had to work for result] This is the hardest we’ve had to work to get a result. The position we’re in now, we want these games. We want to show people we can play against top teams. We had a lot of shots, I wouldn’t say clear-cut chances, the keeper made a few good saves. Sometimes they go in, sometimes they don’t. Today they didn’t, but we ground it out. Happy times always to play in front of the home fans
[Rashford was made to endure a long delay before he was able to take his penalty as the incident was checked by VAR] You try to stay calm. With VAR it’s a while before you can take the spot-kick
2019 12 07 Retrieve
[Rashford calls on Man Utd to replicate derby standards after extending purple patch against City] We could have had more goals and really seen the game out. It’s a tough win and sometimes they do more for you as a team. We’ll enjoy this victory and I think it will help us going forward. The challenge for us now is, when you’re in this type of game, the first 30 minutes were terrific and if we can do that for 80-90 minutes of a game, we can be a lot more ruthless. We take the positives and work on the negatives
For a forward, consistency plays a huge part. I’ve been playing every game in the league and getting regular opportunities and regular chances in front of goal. When you are feeling good in front of goal and you are still getting opportunities, if you miss a couple it doesn’t matter because you feel confident that when the next one comes you’ll put it away. I was unlucky with one that hit the bar and one where I tried to go first time. These are little things that if we can nail down, we can come in at three or 4-0 and the game’s gone then. They are the things we can improve on
2019 12 07b Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford echoes Neville’s view that racism is a problem in society and not just football] The fact it is still happening is not good enough. We seem to be speaking about it an awful lot over last six to eight months. Even speaking about it now is not nice. The necessary departments need to do the right things to stop it in the game. It is a big negative in the sport and the country
2019 12 13 Retrieve
[Rashford reacts to Solskjaer’s Cristiano Ronaldo comparison] The Ronaldo [comparison] was nice, definitely a compliment. But I understand how far I’ve got left to go to reach the heights he reached so I am very clear-minded and focused on myself
It is a bit overwhelming, but it is the process of development. The players I looked up to are obviously older now. The younger players look up to us. The transition happens so fast. When I understood that, my perception of that picture changed a little bit. When I was younger and saw people such as Beckham and Scholes on the walls, it gave me that determination every time you went to training. I wanted to reach those heights. I knew they were on the other side of the building, training every day and working hard. I was so far away from them but so close at the same time. It’s happening now where people like me and Scotty [McTominay] are an example to some of the academy lads who are coming in. It will be the same in a few years’ time, when it’s the next lot of kids. While that happens, I don’t see United’s breeding of players slowing down
2019 12 17 Retrieve
[Rashford reveals how Beckham & Scholes inspired him & why he chose Man Utd over rivals] It’s a bit overwhelming, but when you look at it, it’s just the process of development. The players I looked up to are obviously older now. The younger players look up to us. That transition happens so fast. Until I understood that, my perception of that picture changed a little bit. It became a bit more normal. I understand what it does for the kids. When I was younger and would see people like Beckham and Scholes on the walls, it gives you that determination every time you went to training. You would want to reach those heights. You know they are on the other side of the building, and they are training every day and working hard. You would go and watch them on a weekend. You would be so far away from them, but you were so close at the same time. That is what those pictures in the academy give you
[On how he ended up with the Red Devils] Before I came to United, there were loads of different clubs. Obviously, my mum didn’t really know much about football. Obviously, we supported Man Utd. It was my brothers, really, who managed to categorise good academies from bad academies, and then the final decision just came down to which club do you love and want to play for? Once I went to United, it was perfect. It was everything that you wish for as a kid. That’s how it all began, really. Whether you leave the club or you stay here forever, that feeling never leaves you for your whole life. People say that once you play for Man Utd, you’re always a red, and for me, that’s true
It was unfortunate for Anthony Martial that he got injured, but it was an opportunity to speed up the process for me playing in the first team. Because of the way it happened, I wasn’t thinking much about anything. I just wanted to enjoy the moment. It was something special for the rest of my career. I just wanted to enjoy it. I think I would have made my debut, just later in the season. It was Leicester or Watford away about four months [earlier]. I was on the bench but didn’t manage to get on. You could see I was getting closer and closer to the first team and maybe getting a game
2019 12 19 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford says he is bang up for another derby after Manchester United were paired with rivals Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals] Made to work for it but job done tonight getting into semis. Bang up for another derby too. Best games to play. Best games to win
2019 12 22 Retrieve
[In December’s Manchester derby Fred and Jesse Lingard were also barracked by home supporters at the Etihad Stadium] We seem to be speaking about it an awful lot over the last six to eight months. Even speaking about it now is not nice. The necessary departments need to do the right things to stop it in the game. It is a big negative in the sport and the country
2019 12 31 Retrieve
[Rashford feels progress is being made and believes United will come back into contention for major silverware at home and abroad in the near future] I definitely want to win the Champions League and Premier League with United. When I was growing up you saw them winning these things, it became normal. We are in a good position now because I can see where the team is heading and we are going in the right direction. We just have to be patient and keep improving
The position I’m playing now, this is my favoured position. It’s not really left wing, but it’s not No.9. When you are a No.9 you have to be prepared to not see the ball, it’s tough.
Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba is a good partnership. There is nothing better for strikers in a game if you both score, I go home smiling and it’s a beautiful feeling. For Paul, he takes so much pride in his passing. When he gives the ball he cares about it
2020 01 01 Retrieve
[When discussing United’s current position with Van Persie] With Ole, he understands where the club is right now, but he doesn’t want us to lose the United DNA and identity
2020 01 01b Retrieve
[Rashford praises Van Gaal for playing key role in his rise at Man Utd] The time with Louis was very good for me. He and Ryan Giggs helped me a lot. Because that transition from the reserves to the first team can be hard - I hadn’t played much reserve football. I was on the bench for the first team before I had even started for the reserves. Van Gaal was top. At the time I was getting a lot of praise and attention from everywhere outside but the biggest thing for me were his words. That was what was making me smile every day. To be part of Man United’s first team. There were some games when it was difficult. I remember a game - Tottenham away - when he took me off at half-time. The next day we spoke honestly - I was still smiling
Sometimes we are our biggest nightmare. We want everything too fast. Because we won the FA Cup with Van Gaal, I had it in my mind that we were going to win everything. So you are going into the season with expectations and you get a reality check. The way he dealt with the Spurs situation - that was the game I realised I was in a man’s world
2020 01 07 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford has insisted that Manchester United will go all out to try and win a unique treble this season, ahead of a Carabao Cup showdown against Manchester City] I always say that the highlight of your career, when you look back, they’re the stand-out moments. To be honest, right now, we’d have any trophy. If we keep our mind on the fact that winning the league has obviously gone but we’re still heavily involved in every other competition, so we can potentially have three trophies come the end of the season. I just keep that at the forefront of my mind as the main aim and main objective of this season
It’s two big games against City but we’re one step away from Wembley. That’s the objective for us. It’s an opportunity to win a trophy and we know what that means for the club, and for the players and staff as well. Hopefully we can perform well and get results in these two games against them and progress on to win the tournament. It [the away win in December] gives us confidence but, to be honest, I don’t expect the game to be the same type of game as it was there.
We could have been three or four goals up, so I expect them to change something. Maybe not personnel but formation. So we’ll see what they put in front of us and we have to find a way to beat them. I think all the players are ready for these types of games. You prepare for them mentally and, sometimes, you just drag yourself through it physically. But, as long as we’re mentally ready for the game and approach it in the right manner, with the right mindset, we know we can do it
2020 01 08 Retrieve
[Rashford: World-class David de Gea kept Man Utd in Carabao Cup tie] For me, it wasn’t the goal that gives us a chance. David made three or four world-class saves and that’s the reason we’re still in the tie. We have to understand that. They changed a little bit from the last time we played against them. Maybe we have to adapt a little bit more on the pitch as players and try to control the game a little bit more. It’s tough against them – they’re a good team – but we have to expect more from ourselves. It’s disappointing to lose the game. The first half wasn’t good enough. The second half was a little bit better and a little bit more like ourselves. But today we weren’t good enough to win the game. Now we have to focus on Norwich.
It’s a nice feeling to captain the side for the first time, but it’s the result that matters and we didn’t manage to get the win.
[When ask about two-goal salvage operation in the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain last season] It’s a different game, different players. But what we found in Paris, we have to find that in us again. We have to go there and score goals and win the game
2020 01 14 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford has hailed the start Daniel James has made at Manchester United, saying the Wales international has been ‘brilliant’ since his summer arrival] Dan has been brilliant since he came in. He works hard in every single game and, when it comes down to it, that is all you can ask of each player – to give it all they’ve got. He definitely does that and, if we can adapt more to his playing style, he can cause some teams nightmares down the right-hand side, as we’ve seen in some games this season. But I like his deliveries as well. He takes his time and doesn’t just cross it. He lifts his head up and tries to pick you out. It’s these little things that, as time goes on, he will definitely improve on and build on
2020 01 15 Retrieve
[Rashford ‘gutted’ with back injury that could rule Man Utd star out of Liverpool clash] Never want to feel like I’ve let my teammates, the club and most importantly the fans down so did my very best to carry on tonight and was gutted to come off. Top work from the lads to get into the next round
2020 01 23 Tweet
[Rashford concedes his disappointment with the injury blow] Would have done anything to be involved today so really disappointed to miss out. Come on Man Utd let’s do this!
2020 03 02 Retrieve
[When asked about his ambition and whether he has Rooney in his sights] I don’t pay too much attention to that. If you’re playing your best football, then whatever happens, happens. If I was to get that record but we go into the next decade with no trophies, that’s not going to be the greatest feeling for me. If I don’t get the record but we get lots of trophies and something to look back on, that’s the most important thing
[Pressed further on his desire to become a legend] That’s always the aim. You grow up around so many people who have that United legend status that it becomes part of your dream. When you dream of playing for Man United, you don’t only dream of making your debut; you dream of being like [David] Beckham, [Paul] Scholes and [Ryan] Giggs. It’s part of the dream as an academy lad
To win the World Cup, and for Man United to win the Champions League. We need to start showing signs that we can be the United of old. Football has changed a lot, so it’s not going to be exactly the same, but we know the club can do it. It’s been difficult, but it’s a period of transition. As long as we stay focused, I don’t see why we can’t turn things around and really improve
2020 03 28 Retrieve
[Rashford edging closer to full fitness: I feel 10 times better now] I feel much better. I have a scan in another couple of days and that should solidify it, but I feel much better compared to two or three weeks ago. I feel 10 times better now. For me, now it’s just about getting ready to build back up to training and then playing games for the team. I’m in a much better place. I’m much happier than I was about a month ago, so things are looking positive
[Rashford says his recent rehabilitation has been carried out at home due to the restrictions put in place to control the impact of COVID-19] Everyone is just dealing with the circumstances as well as they can. I’ve just been in my house doing my gym work and recovery, reading books, watching Netflix and just doing what I can do to make the time pass further. There’s not really anything you can do that comes close to being in the changing room and being in the team, so I’m not trying to chase that high. I had to have time off anyway because of my injury, but I’m fortunate enough to have a bike in the gym downstairs. Not much in that sense has actually changed for me because I can still do my daily routine that I was doing.
[Rashford is also heading up a campaign for the FareShare charity] I didn’t know how high the numbers were of kids not eating at home other than school meals. That number kind of shocked me. And then I remember speaking to a friend who was saying there was an opportunity where we can help these people and FareShare allowed us to make it work. I don’t think I’ve actually ever done something at such short notice before. I thought let’s try and get to £100,000 and right now we’re on £97,000.
2020 03 30 Retrieve
[Rashford cleared by Man Utd to step up ‘encouraging’ return from injury] For me, now it’s just about getting ready to build back up to training and then playing games for the team. I’m in a much better place. I’m much happier than I was about a month ago, so things are looking positive
In the past I have done a lot of work in regards to children and when I heard about the schools shutting down, I knew that meant free meals for some kids that they are not getting at school. I remember when I was at school I was on free meals and my mum wouldn’t get home until around six o’clock so my next meal would have been about eight. I was fortunate, and there are kids in much more difficult situations that don’t get their meals at homes. It is very important, it is at the top of my to-do list. In our generation there have been a lot of positive and negative influences. I am just trying to impact the next generation in a positive way
2020 03 30b Retrieve
[Man Utd star Rashford delivering free meals to children during Premier League suspension] In the past I have done a lot of work in regards to children and when I heard about the schools shutting down, I knew that meant free meals for some kids that they are not getting at school. I remember when I was at school I was on free meals and my mum wouldn’t get home until around six o’clock so my next meal would have been about eight. I was fortunate, and there are kids in much more difficult situations that don’t get their meals at homes. It is very important, it is at the top of my to-do list. In our generation there have been a lot of positive and negative influences. I am just trying to impact the next generation in a positive way
I think when times are tough it is important that two clubs who have a huge social following that we do come together and make a difference when things which are bigger than football happen. So credit to both clubs
It’s just about patience, I have been working hard on the bikes and following the programme that I have been given from the club. I am just taking it day by day but I do feel 10 times better than I felt a month and a half ago so things are moving in the right direction and hopefully I will be ready to play again soon. It’s very difficult, even when there’s nothing on TV. I have been watching old games from years ago. I know me and the United boys have been missing football
2020 04 01 Retrieve
[Sancho’s international team-mate Marcus Rashford hopes the flying winger will join him at Manchester United] It would be good [if Sancho joined]. Sancho’s a great player and he’s like a new generation player. It’s definitely exciting to watch him become the player he’s becoming. Hopefully we can all play together, that would be good. He plays off the cuff, he’s creative and imaginative - these are the things you need to be world class
2020 04 09 Retrieve
[Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford explained the players were eager to make sure money made its way to the frontline as the world struggles against the proliferation of the virus] For us, we want to help in the best way possible and getting money to the right places is a massive thing. It took a lot of time, a lot of conversations between the players and we came to a decision that this was the best way to do it. The club have supported that, so everyone is happy. You can get some backlash if you try to help but don’t do it in the best way possible, so we wanted to take our time with the decision, and we did that
2020 04 14 Retrieve
[Rashford eager to ‘get back to winning trophies’ at Man Utd] Everyone wants to win trophies. As long as the team is successful and we get back to winning titles and trophies, that’s the main thing for me. To win the World Cup, and for Man United to win the Champions League. We need to start showing signs that we can be the United of old. Football has changed a lot, so it’s not going to be exactly the same, but we know the club can do it. It’s been difficult, but it’s a period of transition. As long as we stay focused, I don’t see why we can’t turn things around and really improve
You grow up around so many people who have that United legend status that it becomes part of your dream. When you dream of playing for Man United, you don’t only dream of making your debut; you dream of being like Beckham, Scholes and Giggs. It’s part of the dream as an academy lad
2020 04 15 Retrieve
[Rashford reserves Man Utd tickets for NHS ‘superstars’] In the past I have done a lot of work in regards to children and when I heard about the schools shutting down, I knew that meant free meals for some kids that they are not getting at school. I remember when I was at school I was on free meals and my mum wouldn’t get home until around six o’clock so my next meal would have been about eight. I was fortunate, and there are kids in much more difficult situations that don’t get their meals at homes. It is very important, it is at the top of my to-do list. In our generation there have been a lot of positive and negative influences. I am just trying to impact the next generation in a positive way
2020 04 19 Retrieve
[Rashford reveals what he wants from Man Utd’s midfielders] It would have been a dream to play with someone like that. The biggest thing for me is range of passing. Probably the closest thing to that was when Wazza (Wayne Rooney) was playing a bit deeper and it was just so enjoyable to play as a No.9 in those games when he was playing in that position. Similar with Carras (Michael Carrick) as well, as soon as they get the ball they look forward and want to play forward, not only to feet but in behind a lot of the time. As a forward that’s all you want. As long as someone is seeing the passes and trying to make them, that’s what you thrive on
2020 04 19b Retrieve
[Rashford affirms he is happy with the altered role that Solskjaer has asked him to fulfil] A lot of it depends on the players that you are playing with. When you are on the left, you can create a lot more things on your own, giving that little bit more to the team. Whereas when you are playing up front, sometimes you are isolated and need someone in midfield who can find passes for 90 minutes of a game, so you can disappear in games sometimes as a No.9.
2020 04 20 Retrieve
[Rashford admits Mourinho’s tough love made him a better player at Man Utd] It was tough but I think when you look back on it in five or six years, they’re the moments that give you that mental toughness. As an all-round player I’ve improved a lot and a lot of it is down to those two years under Jose. We had ups and downs. When I look back at it, it was a tough period but definitely a period that made me a better player
His mentality was beyond anything I’d ever played with before. He didn’t care what anyone would say to him or what anyone was saying about him. In terms of his mentality he was key to my development, especially when Jose was there because he was someone who had played under him before and he knew you had to be a certain type of way to survive under him
When you are on the left, you can create a lot more things on your own, giving that little bit more to the team. Whereas when you are playing up front, sometimes you are isolated and need someone in midfield who can find passes for 90 minutes of a game, so you can disappear in games sometimes as a No.9
2020 04 20b Retrieve
[Rashford prefers to play on the left as Man Utd star admits to being ‘isolated’ as a striker] When you are on the left, you can create a lot more things on your own, giving that little bit more to the team. Whereas when you are playing up front, sometimes you are isolated and need someone in midfield who can find passes for 90 minutes of a game, so you can disappear in games sometimes as a No.9. When I transitioned to a No.9 when I was younger, that’s the bit that I struggled with as I was always someone who wanted to express myself on the ball. When I started playing No.9, I realised that you don’t see the ball as often as you do in other positions, but when you do see the ball, it’s an opportunity to score goals. That’s what I loved about being a No.9 and that’s what I still love about it. But right now I’m enjoying having the freedom to mix between the two - and I think it suits us well at the moment as Anthony [Martial] likes to drift to the left and drop deep as well
2020 04 21 Retrieve
[Man Utd star Rashford admits he wouldn’t have been ‘100 per cent’ fit for Euros] Yeah, you know, for me, I was probably going to go back with the team towards the middle or end of April. ut that would have been a push, obviously, because I didn’t want to miss the summer. I doubt I would have been 100 per cent fit going into that tournament, or even finishing off the season, but that’s what we were aiming for. Obviously, since then, a lot’s happened with this virus so, for my body really, it’s been good to give it its full duration to rest
[When asked how he has been progressing in self-isolation as he continues down the comeback trail] Yeah, it’s good. Obviously, I need to step it up a little bit now, but it’s difficult to do with not being in the training ground. I’ve just added a few bits and pieces – I’m pushing myself on the bike, and doing more core work and upper body, so just day-by-day really, taking it slow. It’s difficult. Obviously you can train at the training ground every day and that’s the peak of your fitness. To try to emulate that at home, it’s almost impossible. Everyone’s just trying to get as close as they can to that. Some of the lads have been out running every day and have programmes from the club. But even doing that, running [5km or 6km], maybe it’s more than what you’d run in the training session, but it’s not the same spike in intensity. So it’s difficult to try to mirror that. You’ve just got to try to do as best as you can. You know, in yourself, when you’re as fit as you can be and, during this time, it’s definitely tough
2020 05 02 Retrieve
[Rashford sends special message to Man Utd youth teams over cancelled seasons] The news you got yesterday was probably not what you wanted to hear. I know all you want to do is play because I’m the same but the decision has been made to protect everyone involved. This is bigger than football. You might be feeling a bit low but the best thing you can do is pick up your ball and get out in the garden. When I was in the academy I used to find a spot in the garden and aim for targets just so I could practice my accuracy, get creative! Now is not the time to fall out of love with the game, it’s a time to remember why you fell in love with it in the first place. You’ve got this and we can’t wait to see you all back next season.
2020 05 10 Retrieve
[Rashford: Nothing compares to my debut goal for Manchester United] You know, every other goal after that, it’s not quite the same as that first goal. I just felt grateful, really, to have the opportunity to play for the club and to be able to score goals like the one on my debut
There’s obviously a few moments. I’d say the FA Cup final, when we won it in 2016. That was one of the standout moments, because it was the first trophy. I actually joined the campaign sort of midway through the FA Cup, so it was nice. I started the season in the Youth Cup and finished it by winning the FA Cup. So it was a nice feeling. Would Everton [the 2016 FA Cup semi-final] be a special match? Yeah, I’d say so. In terms of the way that we played, especially the way we attacked going forward. We tried to push the game, always be on the front foot, and we were causing them problems for the 90 minutes. I think just the way that we won at the end – Anthony scored late on – makes it that little bit better. But even if that game finished a comfortable 3-0 to us, that would still be my favourite game, just because of the way that we played. It felt like the goal was coming, but then the time crept up as well, but I just think, as a team, we never looked like we were going to not score that winning goal. We stayed patient, and kept doing what we were doing, and Anthony got the opportunity and made it count
2020 05 19 Retrieve
[Rashford reveals Lukaku gesture behind his Man Utd winner at PSG] The penalty was between me and Rom I think. But you know Rom is one of those guys who if, well, in that particular game he’d scored two goals already, he could have taken it and got a hat-trick. But he’s the kind of guy that when you play in a strike partnership with him, he wants you both to do well and he just threw the ball to me and said you take it. Which of course I was willing to let him take it because it’s an opportunity for a hat-trick you know which is obviously a very good achievement. But he just said he wanted me to take it so that was when you just sort of prepare yourself for the moment and just try and relax. You know you think about the times that you’ve practiced, and you want your head to be focused
I can’t say I’ve ever really enjoyed the attention off the pitch. That’s one thing growing up as a footballer that you never think about. You always think about playing in the first team and scoring goals for United or at Old Trafford or any stadium. But you forget how your life can change overnight. Things that you can do with your friends, things that you can do with your family, the places you can go, it all changes. And I probably wasn’t as prepared for that bit as I was the actual going on the pitch and playing. For me that bit was the easier bit. It obviously took a lot of hard work to get there but when the opportunity came up I felt ready to step up
I remember a couple of months before my debut I was on the bench and at that moment I didn’t feel ready. I didn’t feel like I belonged in the first team. You know that’s why timing is so important. I wasn’t ready to play that game so I think the manager knew what he was doing at the time. Van Gaal is very experienced with young players and he wanted to wait for the right time. When I made my debut it just felt natural, it just felt like I was playing with my normal team-mates
2020 05 26 Retrieve
[Man Utd star Rashford given award for charity work] Wouldn’t normally share these types of things but this certificate is not just for me, it belongs to you all. Each and every one of you that has contributed the few pounds you can, you’ve all made a huge difference - 2.8 million children a week are receiving meals they otherwise wouldn’t have during this lockdown because of YOUR help. I couldn’t have done any of this without the help of you all and @fareshare. To be recognised by my city is a great feeling. From being young I knew that if I ever got in a position that I could help I would and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved so far. Thank you all, you’re all superstars. And we won’t stop until children and their parents no longer have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. I appreciate you all, thank you to the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester
2020 05 29 Retrieve
[Rashford back and ready to lead Manchester United from the front] I have sort of had my head down. It has been a tough period for me, the last few months, obviously being injured
I have just been getting my head down and working. I am privileged enough to have the equipment I need at home so it is not much different for me as I do a lot of work at home anyway, so I am just staying indoors and making sure I am eating right. For me, motivation is always quite simple. It changes as time goes on, but now that everything outside the pitch is sort of dealt with, I can just focus on myself and improving myself. That is my motivation every day. Regardless of whether we are stuck inside or not, that doesn’t change.
A lot of the things he (Solskjaer) is speaking about are instinctive. So it’s not necessarily something that you work on it, it’s just recognising certain pictures. If someone else is shooting, it’s instinct to follow in. You don’t practise that out on the [training] pitch but I think you get a lot of that from speaking to him
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 06 Retrieve
[Pogba and Rashford return for Man Utd in training game] 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 06b Retrieve
[Fit-again Rashford out to break 20-goal barrier as he sees Man Utd ‘much stronger’ after lockdown] 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 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 13 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford says he is fit and raring to go as Manchester United prepare for the return of the Premier League] I have been training now for two or three weeks. It is important to get the fitness levels back up. You want to feel good again going into the game. I am definitely at that stage. I am just excited for the games to start again. It is a little disappointing that there will be no fans but they can watch it on TV and I hope they start enjoying the sport again. Football is a game that puts smiles on people’s faces. That’s what makes the game so great.
Before the lockdown, me and my family were speaking about how this situation can affect certain people. We came to the conclusion that some families and kids will be in vulnerable positions because their parents have lost their jobs so we knew their families will be affected and we decided to help. We just have to try and help people in different situations. That’s actually how the conversation came about. Me and my team started researching and learning more about the situation. The best way possible is to 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 15c Retrieve
[Rashford reveals Manchester United allowed him to join their academy early due to home circumstances] My mum was a single parent, she had five kids all living in the same house. The programme that I started at 11 years old, you’re supposed to start it at 12 years old. It basically gives you accommodation closer to the training facilities and a new school and she worked that hard to push it forward because she knew that was a step I needed to take. I needed to be eating the right food as I was growing, I needed to be close to my team-mates, my new school and my new school friends. She made that decision when I was 11 years old and United allowed it. That was the reason I ended up going at a younger age to the others, it was to help my mum with her situation and also get me out of the situation we were in. So there is always a big element of sacrifice to get to the top level and that’s the one we had to make
My mum, she did the best she could, we used to go to a shop called Pound World and everything was under a pound. We would schedule out the week, we would get seven yoghurts and you could have one yoghurt a day and so on. She did the best she could within the circumstances. There are some families out there, like mine, that have four or five kids and it is literally impossible for her to take control of the situation. This is all going on at a time when kids should be concentrating on school work and stuff like that. It is crazy to think this is still going on in 2020 and it’s something I don’t believe should be happening
2020 06 15d Retrieve
[Selfless Rashford leading by example in coronavirus pandemic] My mum worked full-time, earning the 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. 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. 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.
Whether the outcome is that it doesn’t change, or it does change, I know I’ve done the right thing in trying to help these people
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?’
2020 06 16b Retrieve
[Rashford urges government U-turn on free school meals] People often ask me how it felt to score the deciding penalty against PSG to knock them out of the Champions League last season, my answer is always the same: did we go on to win the tournament? I have been overwhelmed by the support I’ve received over the last 24 hours, from MPs and members of the public, but the feeling I have is exactly the same as when we got knocked out of the Champions League against Barcelona in the next round: what did we achieve if we didn’t get the result we needed? If we didn’t lift the Champions League?
Today I focus on a trophy that stands for something much bigger than football. A U-turn on the decision to stop the free food voucher scheme continuing over the summer holidays could help us reach the next round but we still have a very long way to go as a country to eventually lift the trophy. In this case, the trophy is combating child poverty.
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.
When you wake up this morning and run your shower, take a second to think about the 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?’
2020 06 16c Retrieve
[Rashford says UK government has ‘done what is right’ with free school meals U-turn] This was never about me or you, this was never about politics, this was a cry out for help from vulnerable parents all over the country and I simply provided a platform for their voices to be heard. I stand proud today knowing that we have listened, and we have done what is right. There is still a long way to go but I am thankful to you all that we have given these families just one less thing to worry about tonight. The wellbeing of our children should ALWAYS be a priority
2020 06 23 Retrieve
[Rashford’s own personal experiences as a child pushed him to fight for those who are in the same situation he used to be when his mother was reliant on state-funded food] I was obviously shocked. I spoke to him and thanked him for that. It’s a nice feeling but I’m just happy that people’s lives, and people’s summers especially, have been changed for the better
2020 06 24 Retrieve
[The Manchester United striker has recently been successful with his campaign to persuade the government to extend a free school meals scheme outside term time] It’s becoming more normal that people speak out on topics that they believe in and I think it’s just positive for the future. Just look at the generations after us – hopefully it becomes a normal thing and people actually want to do that and put themselves forward to do that
2020 07 15 Retrieve
[Marcus Rashford to receive honorary doctorate by University of Manchester] It’s a proud day for myself and my family. 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