One of the most newsworthy feats over the last few weeks at Manchester United has been Marcus Rashford’s charitable contribution.
Early on into the crisis, Rashford set up an initiative aimed at feeding meals to 400,000 children [BBC].
His partnership with FareShare UK helped fill the gap left by the closure of more than 30,000 schools across the country.
Rashford led calls for donations from the public and food industry for their help and the initiative has been a huge success.
His efforts have been under-reported and he is not getting enough credit for the way he has led and set an example to other footballers across the nation in this time of crisis.
Rashford is a leader
At just 22-years-old, Rashford is proving he is a fantastic role model, a person for other players and fans to look up to.
He is demonstrating he has the potential to be not just a future Manchester United captain, but England captain too.
Rashford has the ability, we have seen that this season, with the young forward netting 19 goals before suffering a back injury in January.
The United striker should be firmly in the mix to succeed Harry Kane as England captain whenever the Spurs man is not available or simply not selected.
The Wythenshawe born forward has a rare mix of talent and leadership, and he is embracing both.
He is a player who his peers look up to and admire like he is a senior pro who has been around for a decade.
His recent comments on social media directed at Manchester United’s academy players, offering advice after their season was curtailed, highlighted that he feels a responsibility to speak out and help – as a player the youngsters see as an inspiration.
Only this past week he was among the first Premier League players to voice his support for the Black Lives Matter and Justice for George Floyd movement. Social issues mean a lot to him, and he is prepared to speak out.
Rashford is a credit to footballers everywhere, who get a raw deal from the media and politicians.
He is a player Manchester United can be proud of, and the whole nation should feel the same way.
It is only a matter of when, not if, Rashford goes on to captain his country.
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