OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER is immensely proud of Marcus Rashford’s work during the lockdown, saying the Manchester United forward’s help in improving children’s lives is more important than anything he will do on the field.
It is not often you can say the most popular player in the country lines up for the Old Trafford giants but the 22-year-old (pictured) has gone above and beyond throughout the coronavirus crisis.
Rashford helped raise £20million to help feed vulnerable children and this week led a campaign which prompted the government to reverse its decision not to award free school meals vouchers in England outside of term time.
Rashford returns to the day job following a back injury when United visit Tottenham tonight, their first game in three months amid the pandemic, but United boss Solskjaer knows his striker’s efforts will not be forgotten.
‘It’s an honour to have Marcus and what he’s done during this lockdown has been unbelievable,’ he said.
‘He’s taken from his own experience when he was a kid. I know how much it means for the kids and we, as a club, are immensely proud of him.
‘He’s obviously a top footballer but he’s also a fantastic human being — a future leader, a future captain, maybe, of England, Man United, who knows?
‘We’re really proud of him and his family must be so proud as well of what they’ve achieved.
‘Marcus has always been a great human being and coming up through the academy, I think the club recognised that early on and gave him chances.
‘Of course, we saw the talent but you need to be a really good human being as well to come all the way through.
‘He’s changed the lives of so many kids this summer, which is more important than any game of football he’ll probably play — so hopefully he’ll can keep both sides going as well as he is doing now.’
Paul Pogba is also back for United after ankle surgery.