Man Utd star Marcus Rashford's amazing charity work to be recognised with honorary degree from Manchester University

MARCUS RASHFORD is right up there with Captain Tom Moore as a lockdown legend.

And now the fundraising forward  has matched the celebrated centenarian by being awarded an honorary doctorate.

Manchester United star Rashford, 22, helped FareShare collect £20MILLION, enabling 3.9 million meals to be given out to vulnerable children.

And while the Mancunian was keeping fit at home during the height of the coronavirus lockdown, Captain Tom was doing 100 laps of his garden down south, raising £32.7m for the NHS through his JustGiving page.

Rashford has now become the youngest person to ever receive an honorary degree from Manchester University – following the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton in earning the gong. 

The England striker said: “It’s a proud day for myself and my family.

Marcus is an extraordinary young man with an extraordinary talent and drive… His work for charity will help countless young people.

"When you look at the great names that have been awarded this doctorate in the past, it’s humbling. 

"We still have a long way to go in the fight to combat child poverty in this country but receiving recognition from your city means we are heading in the right direction and that means a lot. 

"Thank you to The University of Manchester."

Rashford's dedication to a cause close to his own childhood also led to a famous U-turn from the Government on food vouchers after they initially refused to extend the scheme into the summer holidays.

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The University's President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, said: “Marcus is an extraordinary young man with an extraordinary talent and drive that stretches well beyond the football field.

“His work for charity and his high-profile campaign will not only help countless young people across our own city, but across the entire country.

“Our university has social responsibility at its core and this sense of civic pride and duty is something we are proud to share with Marcus. 

"That is why the University is delighted to make Marcus our youngest ever recipient of an honorary degree."

A United spokesperson said: “Marcus is an exceptional player and an exceptional person.

"His work with FareShare and his focus on child poverty make him richly deserving of this tremendous honour and everyone at Manchester United is incredibly proud of him.”

Rashford's award comes a month after Captain Tom, who finished his sponsored walk on his 100th birthday on April 30, was made an Honorary Doctor of Science byCranfield University in Bedfordshire.

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