Heavyweight boxer and Manchester United supporter Tyson Fury has lavished praise on Marcus Rashford.

On the Hits Radio, Fury was asked about the work Rashford has done off the pitch in the past year.

Fury and Rashford are among the leading contenders for the Sports Personality of the Year award and the former feels the latter should win it.

He also feels Rashford deserves a knighthood after his hugely impressive work over free school meals.

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“I think he’s done a fantastic job,” said Fury. “Really fantastic.

“I think they should give him a knighthood, make him Sir Marcus Rashford. I also think, Sports Personality of the Year. Everything.

“Fantastic job and credit to him.”

Fury and Rashford are both from Wythenshawe, in the south of Manchester, around five and a half miles away from Old Trafford.

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Fury is a big United fan, and was paraded on the pitch at Old Trafford ahead of the 2-2 draw against Arsenal in December 2018.

In a year where the sporting calendar has been disrupted, Rashford’s off-field work gives him a chance of winning when the Sports Personality award is handed out on 20 December in Salford.

Rashford was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list last month, so the knighthood may have to wait.

It underlines the scale of his achievement this year when even one of his main rivals for the SPOTY is openly endorsing him.

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