Marcus Rashford’s work to raise money and change government policy to improve the lives of children around the country has been an inspirational story during lockdown – and Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks proudly about what his striker has achieved.
“He’s a fine young man. We’re extremely proud, I’m sure his family is extremely proud,” Solskjaer tells Sky Sports, during an exclusive interview ahead of United’s return to Premier League action against Tottenham on Friday night.
Rashford is only 22 but he’s maturing into a role model in wider society. His development as a footballer is moving at a fast pace too.
Under the management of former United frontman Solskjaer, the England international has had his best scoring season of his career. After a long lay-off with a back injury, which threatened to end his season early, Rashford has been able to use football’s suspension to get back ready for the delayed run-in – and a crucial couple of months for his club.
“He’s looking good,” Solskjaer says. “He’s keen on getting back and playing football. That’s his passion alongside the passion he’s shown now for the free meals.
“He’s maturing and he’s getting more and more used to that inside-left forward position. I think, being a right-footed striker, that’s always a good position to be in.