Marcus Rashford - Biography

Marcus Rashford is a striker for Premier League club Manchester United and the England national team.Rashford, a Manchester United player since the age of seven, scored two goals in his first-team debut against Midtjylland in the UEFA Europa League in February 2016 and his Premier League debut three days later against Arsenal.

He also scored in his first Manchester derby, as well as his debuts in the EFL Cup and the UEFA Champions League. Rashford has won the FA Cup, EFL Cup, FA Community Shield, and Europa League with Manchester United.

In the United Kingdom, he campaigns against prejudice, homelessness, and child malnutrition. Rashford has been lauded for utilising his position to be a political activist and philanthropist in order to effect social change. He has earned significant acclaim and recognition for his efforts from organisations both within and outside of sport, and he was the subject of a mural created by street artist Akse in Withington.

Rashford became the youngest English player to score in his maiden senior international match when he scored on his England debut in May 2016. He was the tournament's youngest player at UEFA Euro 2016, and he also represented England at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2020.

Family

Marcus Rashford was born in Manchester on October 31, 1997, and grew up in the Withington, Fallowfield, and Wythenshawe neighbourhoods. His grandmother was born on the West Indian island of Saint Kitts, and he is of Kittitian ancestry. Rashford hails from a working-class household; his mother, Melanie Maynard, is a single mom who frequently had to work several jobs to support their family, missing meals herself to guarantee Rashford and his siblings ate.

He has two brothers, Dwaine Maynard and Dane Rashford, who both went on to represent him professionally, and two sisters, Chantelle and Claire. He is the cousin of fellow player Lois Maynard, who now plays for Stockport County as a midfielder. Rashford studied for a Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) National Diploma in Sport at Ashton-on-Mersey School, where United has send its academy players since 1998, near to their Carrington training facility.

Marcus Rashford with his family
Career

Rashford started playing football at the age of five with Fletcher Moss Rangers, initially as a goalkeeper, and cites former United goalie Tim Howard as his goalkeeping hero. Fletcher Ross Rangers academy development officer Dave Horrocks remembers Rashford being on a 'different level' than the other youngsters, playing a key part in the team's victory in a competition attended by 15 scouts from other teams.

He was a member of the Manchester United under-15 team that came second in the 23rd annual Marveld competition in 2012. The Guardian rated him Manchester United's top prospect in the 2014 Next Generation in 2014, stating his 'total-football approach offers him a good chance of going all the way.'

Rashford trained with United's first team for the first time as a 16-year-old under David Moyes' management during the 2013–14 season, and described the experience as 'priceless' for himself and other United academy players; he began training with the first team more regularly, and was deemed a 'high flier' by coaches.

Due to an injury crisis that saw 13 players injured, Rashford was named in United's 18-man squad for the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg game against Danish club Midtjylland on February 25, 2016. Rashford was selected to start the game when Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up, and he made his first-team debut with two goals in the second half of a 5–1 victory.

Rashford's goals gave him Manchester United's youngest ever European tournament scorer, breaking a record previously held by George Best and subsequently beaten by Mason Greenwood in the 2019–20 season. Rashford made his Premier League debut three days later against Arsenal, scoring twice and assisting on the other goal in a 3–2 home win, becoming him United's third youngest Premier League scorer behind Federico Macheda and Danny Welbeck.

Van Gaal praised his performance as 'great' and 'better than his first match,' but warned the press not to bother and hype him, believing he had the character to deal with it.

On 20 March, Rashford made history by scoring the only goal in the Manchester derby, his team's first away league win over Manchester City since 2012; at the age of 18 years and 141 days, he became the Premier League's youngest scorer in the fixture, surpassing Wayne Rooney's record by nearly a year. Rashford produced a stunning curled goal in a 2–1 victory against West Ham United in the FA Cup sixth-round replay on April 13 to help United progress to the semi-finals.

Three days later, he scored the game's lone goal against Aston Villa, who were relegated for the first time since 1987. Later, on 21 May, he led the line in the FA Cup Final against Crystal Palace, which resulted in a 2–1 victory for United, marking United's 12th FA Cup triumph and Rashford's first piece of silverware.

Despite just making his debut in February, he finished the season with 8 goals in 18 games and was named Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year. Rashford signed a new deal with Manchester United on May 30, worth £20,000 per week, which would keep him at the club until 2020, with an option to extend for another year.

Rashford was handed the number 19 by new manager José Mourinho for the upcoming season to signify his position in the senior team. Because to the acquisition of veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovi, Rashford frequently had to settle for a spot on the substitutes bench, but Ibrahimovi hailed Rashford as a 'great talent' and 'the future of England' upon his signing.

Rashford won his third title on February 26th, when he came in as a 77th-minute substitute in a 3–2 win over Southampton. On April 16, he scored the first goal in United's 2–0 victory against league leaders Chelsea, coming off a through pass from Ander Herrera. Rashford scored another crucial goal four days later against Anderlecht in the 107th minute of the Europa League quarter-final second leg, helping United advance to the next round with a 2–1 victory (3–2 on aggregate).

On May 24, he started in the Europa League Final against Dutch club Ajax, which Manchester United won 2–0, giving him his fourth and first European title. Rashford played the bulk of the season on the wing due to the acquisition of Ibrahimovi. During the season, he made the most appearances of any United player, appearing 53 times.

Rashford made his debut appearance in his second full senior season on 8 August 2017 as a 46th-minute substitute in a 2–1 loss to Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup. Five days later, on 13 August, he started in a 4–0 home victory against West Ham United, assisting Romelu Lukaku's first goal. Rashford scored his first goal of the season three minutes after coming in as a substitute in a 2–0 win over Leicester on August 26.

Rashford scored against Basel in his UEFA Champions League debut on September 12th, the third goal in a 3–0 victory, marking the sixth time he has scored on his debut. On 20 September, he scored a brace and assisted the fourth goal in a 4–1 win against Burton Albion in the EFL Cup third round.

Rashford finished third in the 2017 Golden Boy award, behind winner Kylian Mbappé and Ousmane Dembélé. By the 28th of October, Rashford has scored seven goals and provided five assists in 16 games, with his most recent goal coming against Huddersfield Town on 21 October and his most recent assist coming against Swansea City on 24 October.

On December 6, he was named man of the match in a 2–1 victory against CSKA Moscow, scoring the game-winning goal to help United advance for the Champions League knockout round. The club bought Alexis Sánchez in the January transfer window, endangering Rashford's future in the squad.

Rashford was handed the squad number 10 before to the 2018–19 season after the release of Ibrahimovi, the club's former number 10. Teddy Sheringham, Ruud van Nistelrooy, and Wayne Rooney have already worn the jersey in the Premier League, and he was the third academy graduate to do so after Mark Hughes and David Beckham.

Rashford was sent off in a 2–0 victory against Burnley at Turf Moor on September 2 after colliding heads with Phil Bardsley after just 10 minutes on the field; Mourinho labelled him 'naive' and blamed it on inexperience.

On September 11, Sky Sports commentator Jamie Carragher said that Rashford will have to leave United in order to fulfil his full potential, despite the fact that he had yet to start a game this season.

Mourinho justified his usage of Rashford in the squad, claiming that other clubs did not offer young players the same amount of playing time Rashford had in the previous two seasons; he started his first game and scored his first goal of the season on September 29 in a 3–1 defeat to West Ham United. On November 3, he scored again, this time in the second minute of stoppage time in a 2–1 victory against AFC Bournemouth.

On 13 January, Rashford scored the lone goal in a 1–0 win against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium, marking the first time in his career that he has scored in three consecutive league games, making him the third youngest United player to do so, behind only Rooney and Ronaldo.

The following week, he made his 150th appearance for the club in a 2–1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion, scoring a solo goal to become the club's youngest player to score in four consecutive league games, and the fourth youngest to reach 150 appearances, behind Norman Whiteside, George Best, and Ryan Giggs.

Rashford was named Manchester United's Player of the Month for January 2019 on February 2nd, as well as earning United's goal of the month for his score against Tottenham. The next day, he made his 100th league appearance for the club, scoring the lone goal in a 1–0 away win against Leicester City.

In doing so, he became the club's second-youngest player behind Ryan Giggs to achieve the milestone. His outstanding efforts in January won him his first Premier League Player of the Month award, making him the first United player to win the honour since Ibrahimovi in December 2016.

Rashford signed a new four-year deal with Manchester United on July 1, 2019, keeping him at the club until June 2023, with the option to extend by another year. Rashford scored twice in a 4–0 victory against Chelsea in the first week of the season. Following a period of poor form, Solskjr said in September 2019 that he was unconcerned by Rashford's slump in form and lack of goals.

Rashford returned to form at the end of October, scoring in a 1–1 draw with rivals Liverpool, breaking their 17-match winning run.

Rashford scored and assisted against Norwich City the next week before scoring a second brace against Chelsea in the EFL Cup. Rashford's return to form was spurred by the Liverpool goal, and he went on the greatest goalscoring run of his career, scoring 16 club goals in 20 appearances, culminating with a brace in a 4–0 win against Norwich City. Rashford sustained a double stress fracture in his back the next game, an FA Cup encounter against Wolverhampton Wanderers, which sidelined him for many months.

By participating in the game, he became the club's fourth youngest player to play 200 games.Rashford scored his first goal of the season in a 3–2 victory against Brighton & Hove Albion on September 26, 2020. He scored the game-winning goal in a 2–1 away victory over PSG in the opening match of the 2020–21 Champions League on October 20, 2020. Rashford scored his first United hat-trick in a 5–0 victory against RB Leipzig in the next Champions League encounter; it was the second hat-trick ever scored by a United replacement, after manager Solskjr in the Premier League in 1999.

He became the sixth player in United history to score a hat-trick in the Champions League, and the first since Robin van Persie in 2014. Rashford sustained a shoulder injury in a 3–1 win against Everton; he continued to play despite the injury, but only played one full game over the next month. Rashford became the third youngest Manchester United player to reach 50 Premier League goals on December 26 when he scored the first goal in a 2–2 draw against Leicester City.

Rashford assisted a goal for Paul Pogba to score the lone goal of the game against Burnley on January 12, 2021, propelling United to the top of the league for the first time since the 2012–13 season. On February 2, he scored the second goal in United's 9–0 victory against Southampton in the Premier League. Rashford made his 250th appearance for the club in a 1–0 FA Cup victory against West Ham on February 9, becoming the club's fourth youngest player to do so.

According to ESPN, he 'hasn't played a game entirely pain-free in two years' owing to shoulder, back, and foot ailments. Following the end of the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament in which he represented England, club physicians and experts decided that Rashford would have surgery; the operation 'went well' and ruled him out until October of the 2021–22 season.

Rashford playing for manchester united
International career

Rashford's success in his debut senior season prompted demands for him to play for England at UEFA Euro 2016. Manchester United youth coach Nicky Butt rejected these demands as premature and potentially detrimental to Rashford's development, as did England manager Roy Hodgson, who said that Rashford should be allowed to 'grow in peace.' Hodgson acknowledged in April that Rashford's inclusion in his tournament squad was 'unlikely,' yet on May 16, Hodgson selected him to his preliminary 26-man team for the tournament.

He was named to England's Euro 2016 team less than four months after making his debut for United.Rashford was informed by New England boss Sam Allardyce that he would not be called up to his first team for a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Slovakia in September, citing a lack of playing time in the early parts of the season. Southgate soon replaced Allardyce, and Rashford was called up to the senior squad for games against Malta and Slovenia in October.

On 4 September 2017, Rashford scored his first competitive goal for the senior squad, the winning goal in England's 2–1 victory over Slovakia in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying. He was selected to England's 23-man World Cup team.

Rashford scored the first goal of England's last warm-up match against Costa Rica on 7 June 2018, and was picked to start England's first encounter against Tunisia by former England players Chris Waddle and Glenn Hoddle. He began the game on the bench, but came in and played well after replacing Raheem Sterling, who was considered his direct competitor for the starting spot.

Due to the physical threat presented by their opponents, he was allegedly poised to start the second game against Panama, but Southgate eventually changed his mind. He started England's last group game against Belgium with Jamie Vardy, despite having already qualified for the knockout round. Rashford came in as a substitute and scored in the round of 16 penalty shootout against Colombia, propelling England to the quarter-finals. England eventually finished fourth overall, their highest result since 1990.

Rashford scored his first goal in England's Euro 2020 qualifying campaign in a 6–0 away win against Bulgaria on 14 October during the October 2019 internationals. Rashford also scored in England's November internationals, a 7–0 victory over Montenegro and a 4–0 victory over Kosovo. With these victories, England became the ninth country to qualify for Euro 2020.

Rashford led England for the first time on June 6, 2021, scoring a penalty in a 1–0 victory against Romania; he was the youngest England captain since Michael Owen in 2003, and the sixth Manchester United player to lead England and score in the same game.

Rashford was selected to the 26-man team for Euro 2020 and was handed the number 11 jersey, although his position as a starter looked to be in question heading into the tournament. Rashford came in as a substitute in the final minutes of extra time in the tournament final against Italy on July 11.

During the following shoot-out, he was selected to take the team's third penalty, but his attempt struck the post and sailed wide, and Italy went on to win the championship after saving two more penalties. Rashford received racially charged comments on social media after his defeat, and a street painting honouring him in Withington was vandalised. Residents immediately covered the wall with hearts and words of support for Rashford, and street artist Akse returned to restore the painting to its former state.

Rashford playing for his national team
Playing Method

Rashford can play as a centre striker or as a winger, mainly on the left flank. Rashford loves to play on the left, which enables him to cut inside and score on goal with his stronger right foot, and he likes to drop deep to gather the ball and create an attack, something he learnt as a child when playing as a central midfielder after overcoming Osgood–Schlatter illness.

Rashford's former youth coach Paul McGuinness observed him attempting to play similarly to Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo during his formative years, but he and fellow coaches Warren Joyce and Colin Little saw Rashford's potential as a striker and helped him work on his body shape and various attacking runs. They encouraged him to concentrate on scoring goals rather than being creative, and to utilise his speed to make runs behind the defence.

Because of his versatility, his coaches were reminded of Danny Welbeck, but it was decided to instead teach him the 'art' of goalscoring, instructing him on how to make runs at the right time, and he was held back from playing reserve team football to give him confidence in his goalscoring abilities by pitting him against lesser defences. Rashford believes his flexibility will allow him to become the 'ideal centre forward.'

Rashford is a quick and direct player who often goes to the centre of the field to generate opportunities and get into scoring situations. He consistently puts defenders on the defensive line with his movement and placement off the ball, causing opponents to double up on him.

Former Manchester United manager José Mourinho has stated his support for Rashford 'He is not a target man; rather, he is a guy of mobility. I don't believe he's a true nine,' remarks echoed by his England manager, Gareth Southgate, who has said that his ability to play with his back to goal and hold-up play aren't his main skills, and that he's more suited as a 'wide raider.'

'coming in from the flank Ole Gunnar Solskjr, his current manager at United, has been praised with developing him as a player and assisting him in maturing by allowing him freedom as a winger that he had not previously had. Rashford's key characteristics also include his dribbling skill and 'ruthless' finishing ability, which has been likened to that of former United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, a player McGuinness encouraged him to watch when they were both in the club's youth.

Rashford recognises the necessity for a striker to be able to score a variety of goals in order to be a player who can score 20-25 goals each season, and he is described as a player with poise and awareness. Rashford is often called upon to take penalties and free kicks for Manchester United, and he is known to use the knuckleball method on set pieces, which was popularised by former United star Cristiano Ronaldo. [

Rashford playing method
Food poverty awareness campaign

Rashford launched the In the Box initiative with Selfridges in October 2019 to provide basic goods to homeless individuals over the Christmas season, something he has hoped to accomplish since first training with United as a youngster. He and his mother physically delivered the boxes to homeless shelters while also sending some to a children's home in his grandmother's native nation of Saint Kitts & Nevis. He was allegedly dissatisfied with the campaign's limited reach.

Rashford sent an open letter to the UK government on June 15th, urging them to eliminate child poverty in the country. A day later, the government announced a policy change regarding the extension of free school meals for children during the summer holidays, citing Rashford's campaign as a major turning point in governmental negotiations; Rashford described himself as 'proud' of what he had helped accomplish on behalf of 1.3 million children.

The Guardian characterised his actions as a 'political masterpiece,' and he was applauded for responding to remarks made by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock on players' contributions. Rashford revealed on September 1 that he has formed the Child Food Poverty Task Force in cooperation with various UK food stores, manufacturers, charities, and delivery businesses in an effort to combat child food poverty. Later that month, he stated he was 'disappointed' by Conservative members of parliament's 'lack of empathy.'

Rashford vowed to continue his campaign after being named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in October, and a week later he launched a petition on the UK Parliament petitions website to end child food poverty, with demands for the expansion of the free school meals programme, the provision of meals and activities during school holidays, and an increase in the value of Healthy Start v The petition garnered over 100,000 signatures in 10 hours, indicating that it had above the threshold for consideration for parliamentary discussion, and received over 200,000 signatures on the first day.

With the petition nearing 300,000 signatures in less than a week, Labour requested an opposition day discussion on the issue of extending free school meals, which was defeated by a 61-vote majority. Those who voted against it, according to Rashford, lacked compassion.

Rashford used his Twitter account again in January 2021 to begin publicising the 'terrible' food packages parents had received from Compass Group supplier Chartwells, with Johnson once again pushed into launching an investigation after the two discussed the issue. During Prime Minister's Questions on 13 January, Johnson praised Rashford for being a more successful opposition figure than the current Labour Party Leader, Keir Starmer.

Rashford and chef Tom Kerridge announced in April 2021 the launch of a series of recipes and online video lessons that will be available each week on Instagram and on recipe cards in supermarkets, schools, and food banks to provide cheap and simple recipe ideas such as spaghetti bolognese and fish finger sandwich so that people could cook simple menus at home with the goal that no one would go hungry.

Rashford with children
Recognition

Rashford signed with American rapper Jay-entertainment Z's agency Roc Nation in April 2020, with CEO Michael Yormark describing him as a 'shining example' of someone who was 'passionate about community.' On July 15, he earned an honorary degree from the University of Manchester in honour of his efforts to eliminate child poverty in the United Kingdom, making him the university's youngest honorary doctorate recipient.

His efforts also landed him on the September cover of British Vogue's 'Activism Now' issue with Adwoa Aboah, which he downplayed, stating that he 'had a voice and a platform that could be utilised to at least raise the questions.' Rashford was named MBE in the 2020 Birthday Honours in October, and he also received the City of Manchester Award for his 'extraordinary and remarkable contribution to the city.'

Rashford was named The Guardian Footballer of the Year in January 2021, an award given to 'a player who has done something remarkable, whether by overcoming adversity, helping others, or setting a sporting example by acting with exceptional honesty,' as well as the Football Writers' Association's (FWA) Tribute Award.

In February, he was recognised to Time magazine's 100 Next list as a 'advocate,' and in April, he was named to Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30, Europe Sports & Games list for demonstrating 'impactful leadership.' Rashford became the youngest person to be rated first in the Sunday Times Giving List, the newspaper's annual assessment of 'the generosity of those financially best positioned to make a difference.'

Rashford was honoured by the National Education Union in April 2021 for his efforts in advocating for free school meals.

Rashford wit jay-z
Literacy drive

Rashford was one of a handful of celebrities that joined an initiative to help share a million tales for World Book Day 2020. In addition, he volunteered to judge a poetry competition for children with hearing problems and started studying sign language to prepare.

Rashford joined up with Macmillan Publishers in November 2020 to establish a book club to assist vulnerable and disadvantaged children experience the 'escapism of reading,' with Rashford stating that reading should not be something a family has to pay for. Rashford highlighted the collaboration by announcing the release of a children's motivational book named 'You Are A Champion.' The book club was officially started in April 2021, with the goal of freely distributing 50,000 volumes and releasing two new novels each year.

Rashford with children
Honours & Awards

Jimmy Murphy was named Young Player of the Year in 2015–16.

Manchester United's Season Goal of the Year for 2019–20 (vs. Chelsea, 30 October 2019)

2020 FIFA Foundation Award

The 2020 Guardian Footballer of the Year

2020: Member of the Order of the British Empire

GQ Men Of The Year Expert Panel Special Award in 2020 Campaigner Of The Year Lockdown Heroes (Special Recognition) in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year category at the 2020 FSA Awards

Rashford with an award