33 Facts About Marcus Rashford

1. Marcus Rashford was born on 31 October 1997 and is an English professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Manchester United and the England national team.

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2. Marcus Rashford scored in his first Manchester derby, as well as on his EFL Cup and UEFA Champions League debuts.

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3. Marcus Rashford played at the UEFA Euro 2016 as the tournament's youngest player, and represented England at both the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2020.

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4. Marcus Rashford is a campaigner against racism, homelessness and child hunger in the United Kingdom.

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5. Marcus Rashford is of Kittitian descent, with his grandmother being born on the West Indies island of Saint Kitts.

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6. Marcus Rashford attended Ashton-on-Mersey School, where United have sent their academy players since 1998, close to their Carrington training ground; he studied for a Business and Technology Education Council National Diploma in Sport.

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7. Marcus Rashford began playing football for Fletcher Moss Rangers at the age of five, starting out as a goalkeeper, and cited former United goalkeeper Tim Howard as his goalkeeping idol.

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8. Fletcher Ross Rangers academy development officer Dave Horrocks recalls that Marcus Rashford was on a "different level" to other boys, playing a major role as the team won a tournament with 15 scouts from various clubs watching.

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9. Marcus Rashford spent a week training with Manchester City before he joined the academy system at Manchester United at the age of seven, amid interest from Everton and Liverpool.

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10. Marcus Rashford credited his brothers with helping him decide to join United.

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11. Marcus Rashford received the number 39 squad number, due to Van Gaal's insistence that strikers wear a squad number containing a nine.

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12. In February 2016, Marcus Rashford was subject to a loan bid from League One club Crewe Alexandra, but the temporary transfer was rejected by Reserves manager Warren Joyce.

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13. On 20 March, Marcus Rashford made history when he scored the only goal in the Manchester derby, his team's first away league win over Manchester City since 2012; aged just 18 years and 141 days, he became the youngest scorer in the fixture in the Premier League era, overtaking Wayne Rooney's record by almost one year.

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14. On 30 May, Marcus Rashford signed a new contract with United worth £20,000 a week, which would keep him at the club until 2020, with an option to extend for a further year.

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15. New season, marking his place as part of the senior squad, Marcus Rashford was given the number 19 by new manager Jose Mourinho.

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16. Marcus Rashford made the most appearances of any United player during the season, playing 53 times.

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17. On 23 October, Marcus Rashford came third in the 2017 Golden Boy award behind winner Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele.

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18. On 2 February, Marcus Rashford was announced as Manchester United's Player of the Month for January 2019, as well as winning United's goal of the month for his strike against Tottenham.

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19. On 1 July 2019, Marcus Rashford signed a new four-year contract with Manchester United, keeping him at the club until June 2023, with the option to extend by a further year.

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20. Marcus Rashford is talented enough and grounded enough and driven enough to be a legend at this club.

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21. Marcus Rashford became the sixth United player to score a Champions League hat-trick, and the first since Robin van Persie in 2014.

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22. Marcus Rashford started the game on the bench, but came on and performed well after replacing Raheem Sterling, deemed to be his direct competition for the starting role.

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23. Marcus Rashford came on as a substitute and scored in the round of 16 penalty shoot-out against Colombia which saw England progress to the quarter-final.

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24. Marcus Rashford says his versatility can enable him to become the "ultimate centre forward".

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25. In October 2019, Marcus Rashford set up the In the Box campaign with Selfridges to give homeless people essential items over the Christmas period, something he had wanted to do when first training with United as a youth.

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26. In March 2020, during the UK lockdown imposed by Boris Johnson's government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Marcus Rashford teamed up with the poverty and food waste charity FareShare to deliver meals to those in the Greater Manchester area who were no longer receiving their free school meals, as well as to children who attended community centres and school breakfast clubs.

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27. Marcus Rashford criticised those who voted against it as lacking humanity.

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28. In October, Marcus Rashford was appointed MBE in the 2020 Birthday Honours, and was a recipient of the City of Manchester Award for his "outstanding and exceptional contribution to the city".

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29. At the annual The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020 held in December, Marcus Rashford was the inaugural winner of the FIFA Foundation Award, with the FIFA Foundation CEO Youri Djorkaeff donating £75,000 to the charities.

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30. In November 2020, Marcus Rashford was recognised for his sporting achievements and his activism, by being included in the 2020 edition of the annual Powerlist of the 100 most influential Black Britons.

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31. Marcus Rashford agreed to judge a poetry competition for children with hearing impairments, and began learning sign language in preparation.

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32. Under the partnership, Marcus Rashford released a non-fiction motivational children's book called You Are A Champion, which won Book of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2022.

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33. In May 2022, Marcus Rashford announced his engagement to girlfriend Lucia Loi.

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