Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has opened up on the work he has been doing during lockdown to help support those in need, while he has also revealed that he believes the Red Devils are now in a 'much stronger' place as the resumption of the 2019/20 campaign fast approaches.
Aged just 22, Rashford's work during the coronavirus pandemic has been phenomenal, leading to him receiving an award of special recognition from the High Sheriff of Greater Manchester.
Rashford has raised more than £20m to help provide around three million children with free school meals, while he has also sought to address the issue of homelessness. Furthermore, the England international has even learned sign language to help judge a poetry competition at a school for the deaf.
What Marcus Rashford has achieved and done during lockdown is nothing short of incredible.— Adam (@aladay99) June 5, 2020
Raising huge amounts of money to feed children, trying to help the homeless and many other things - all while recovering from a serious injury.
A special player and person.
During the enforced lockdown, he has been a breath of fresh air. Now discussing his hard work, Rashford has explained that as a result of the support and help he received from his local community when he was younger, he has been keen to give back when he was in a position to do so.
In an interview with Stretty News, Rashford explained: "I mean the question has a pretty simple response. Without that same community you are talking about there wouldn’t be a Marcus Rashford at Manchester United.
“We struggled growing up, we didn’t have a car to get me to football and people didn’t need to help, but they did. Neighbours offered to take me to training when my mum had to work, they didn’t need to do that. I used to ride the bus through the City Centre and think to myself that one day I’m going to be in a position to help and I will. That has stuck with me.
"With the FareShare project, I reacted to a problem that needed to be addressed quickly. Ten years ago, I would have been one of those kids wondering where my next meal was coming from. I was lucky enough to have an evening meal when I got home, but a lot of kids don’t get that.”
The Man Utd number ten went on to discuss the team's preparations ahead of the resumption of the Premier League season. Rashford has not featured for the Red Devils since January after suffering a back injury, but he is now back fully fit and is keen to 'push on'.
“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," Rashford added.
"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.”
Source : 90min