76 Facts About Rashford


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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Manchester United player from the age of seven, Rashford scored two goals on both his first-team debut against Midtjylland in the UEFA Europa League in February 2016 and his Premier League debut against Arsenal three days later.

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

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Rashford scored on his England debut in May 2016, becoming the youngest English player to score in his first senior international match.

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

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Rashford has been praised for using his platform to be a political activist and philanthropist to drive societal change.

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Marcus Rashford was born on 31 October 1997 in Manchester, and raised in the Fallowfield, Withington, and Wythenshawe areas of the city.

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

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Lifelong supporter of his local football club Manchester United, Rashford grew up in a family divided in their support of United and local rivals Manchester City.

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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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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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Fletcher Ross Rangers academy development officer Dave Horrocks recalls that 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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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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Rashford credited his brothers with helping him decide to join United.

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Rashford was fastracked and began playing cage football with Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Ravel Morrison, helping to increase his skill level playing with players four years his senior.

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Rashford was awarded the captaincy of the team by Butt, who hailed him as a leader.

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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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In February 2016, 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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Former teammate Sean Goss described how Rashford impressed in first-team training sessions while the club was suffering an injury crisis, despite being one of the younger players called up to train.

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On 25 February 2016, Rashford was included in the 18-man squad for United's UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg tie against Danish club Midtjylland, owing to an injury crisis which saw 13 players injured.

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On 20 March, 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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On 30 May, 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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New season, marking his place as part of the senior squad, Rashford was given the number 19 by new manager Jose Mourinho.

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Rashford scored his first goal of the season on 27 August 2016 against Hull City, scoring in the second minute of injury time after coming on for Juan Mata in the 71st minute.

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

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

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Rashford is only 21 but the maturity he is showing at times is more than 21 and his work rate.

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On 2 February, 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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On 1 July 2019, 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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The following week, Rashford scored and assisted against Norwich City, and scored a second brace against Chelsea in the EFL Cup.

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Rashford suffered a double stress fracture to the back in the following game, an FA Cup tie against Wolverhampton Wanderers, which put him out of action for several months.

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In May 2020, manager Solskjær announced that Rashford would be fit to play following the return to football during project restart, which saw the Premier League season resume behind closed doors for the remainder of the season.

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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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In 2012, Rashford was invited to an England under-16 training camp, and was later selected to play in the Victory Shield against Northern Ireland under-16s in September, and Wales under-16s in October.

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Under-16's manager Kenny Swain later revealed that Rashford only played two appearances for the side due to an understanding with coaches at Manchester United regarding him being underdeveloped physically, and thought the exposure would have been "too much" for him.

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Rashford became part of England's Euro 2016 squad less than four months after making his United debut.

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Rashford was named in the 23-man England squad for the World Cup.

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Rashford scored the opening goal of England's final warm-up match against Costa Rica on 7 June 2018, and was tipped by former England stars Chris Waddle and Glenn Hoddle to start England's opening match against Tunisia.

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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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Rashford was reportedly set to start the second game against Panama due to the potential physically posed by their opposition, but Southgate ultimately changed his mind, Having already qualified for the knockout stage, he started England's final group game against Belgium alongside Jamie Vardy, but failed to impress.

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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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Rashford was named in the 26-man squad for Euro 2020, and was given the number 11 shirt, but going into the tournament, Rashford's role as a starter appeared in doubt.

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Rashford was chosen to take the team's third penalty during the subsequent shoot-out but his effort hit the post and went wide, and Italy went on to win the tournament after saving two more penalties.

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Rashford himself prefers playing on the left, a position which allows him to cut inside and strike on goal with his stronger right foot, and likes to drop deep to collect the ball and build an attack, something he learned as a youngster when playing as a central midfielder following a battle with Osgood–Schlatter disease.

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Rashford's coaches were reminded of Danny Welbeck due to his versatility, but it was decided to instead teach him the "art" of goalscoring, instructing him how to make runs at the right time, and was held back from playing reserve team football to give him confidence in his goalscoring abilities by pitting him against lesser defences.

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

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Rashford is a pacey and direct player, and often moves to central positions to create chances and get into goalscoring positions.

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Rashford's former United manager Jose Mourinho has said he is "not a target man, he is a man of movement.

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Rashford often takes penalties and free kicks for United, and has been known to use the knuckleball technique on set pieces, which was popularised by Cristiano Ronaldo during his first spell at the club.

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Rashford's success has been credited to his drive and personal ambition both on and off the pitch, and is viewed as a role model for younger players like Mason Greenwood due to his success at a young age.

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Rashford has praised former teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Mourinho with helping improve his mentality, describing their combined influence as key to his development.

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Rashford has been described as a "big game player" due to his performances and contributions in important matches, including on several debuts for club and country.

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Rashford has received praise for his willingness to play on despite major injuries, with manager Solskjær saying he would "run through a brick wall for you", while his captain Harry Maguire describes him as a battler.

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Rashford always played free, and went out there and expressed himself.

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Rashford has been described as a "student of the game", continuing to watch matches of players such as Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero with the idea of studying and learning to improve his own game.

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Rashford has the sort of principles and moral values that most people hold.

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In October 2019, 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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Rashford was reportedly frustrated by the limited outreach the campaign resulted in.

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In March 2020, during the UK lockdown imposed by Boris Johnson's government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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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Rashford initially contacted FareShare to make a "substantial" donation, but after discussion with CEO Lindsay Boswell, he decided to provide his full support.

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Rashford's actions were described as a "political masterclass" by The Guardian, and he was praised for countering comments made by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock regarding the contributions of footballers.

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Rashford criticised those who voted against it as lacking humanity.

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Later that week, Rashford began using his Twitter account to promote cafes, individual people, charities and local businesses offering assistance to FareShare to help the impoverished around the country.

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Rashford described himself as "blown away" by the nationwide support which followed, with over 100 businesses, charities, and local councils quickly pledging to the campaign.

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In January 2021, Rashford again used his Twitter account to begin highlighting the "unacceptable" food packages parents had received through supplier Chartwells, an offspring of Compass Group, with Johnson again pressured into conducting a review into the situation after the pair had a conversation regarding the matter.

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Rashford has shown to young people in particular there is a different way of dealing with life.

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Rashford has shown great humility, he has shown courage to do what he did.

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In October, 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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Rashford was named as Campaigner Of The Year in the 2020 GQ Men Of The Year awards.

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At the annual The Best FIFA Football Awards 2020 held in December, 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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In November 2020, 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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In January 2021, Rashford was awarded The Guardian Footballer of the Year, 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", and was the recipient of the Football Writers' Association's Tribute Award.

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The following month, Rashford became the youngest person to be ranked number one in the Sunday Times Giving List, the newspaper's annual measure of "the generosity of those financially best equipped to make a difference".

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

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Under the partnership, 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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