United Briefing: Rashford's one career regret
Marcus Rashford has been handed the Football Writers' Association Tribute award and revealed one of his biggest regrets.
United’s no.10 has been recognised for his outstanding work on and off the pitch by the FWA, in particular his achievement in convincing the Government to make a U-turn in regards to providing free school meals for poor families.
Rashford, 23, became the youngest-ever recipient of the award, with previous winners including United legends like Sir Alex Ferguson, Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham.
“As a kid, you want to follow in footsteps of those you see as heroes,” Marcus told the FWA.
“My journey to the first team was all about doing the things that they had done, making the same steps that they made into the position that they were in. I’ve been lucky enough to experience that journey and make it to the team like they did. To win this award and for them to have had it before me, it’s an amazing feeling.”
Upon winning the prize, the Wythenshawe man was congratulated by none other than Sir Alex himself.
“I would like congratulate Marcus on his achievement for the presentation tonight,” Sir Alex said in a video message.
“Knowing him as a kid from seven years of age, and seeing him develop through the ranks at Manchester United into a truly wonderful person. Apart from his football life, what he’s achieved in the last few months is quite astonishing.
“How he’s helped people in need, it is a truly amazing achievement and I’d like to congratulate him on that. He’s shown, to young people in particular, that it is a different way of dealing with life. He’s shown great humility, he’s shown courage to do what he’s doing, so this achievement is well deserved. And it should be recognised, what he’s done. Marcus, well done, fantastic achievement.”
Rashford then went on to reveal the special relationship he has with legendary former United manager. He also emphasised his disappointment at not being able to play under him.
“For me, that’s probably been the regret that I’ve had in my career, never getting the chance to play under Sir Alex. It’s never going to happen now but being on the phone with him, just having a 10-15 minute conversation with him was amazing. I’m pleased he was aware of the situation and that he wanted to help as well. It was brilliant.
“From the beginning, he’s backed me with what I’m doing. Probably, when other people in sports were telling me not to do it and focus on football, blah, blah, blah, he said that if I believed in it and I believe it’s the right thing to do, then he’s behind me. Those words from him… it’s an amazing feeling.”
WHAT'S HAPPENING TODAY?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will address the media in his pre-match press conference at 13:30 GMT today. Remember you can follow it live on MUTV and our official club app, with the boss expected to provide latest team news for the trip to Anfield.
We'll also have more from the players as we build up to Sunday's game and keep an eye on ManUtd.com and our official app later this morning for some news regarding one of our midfielders.
WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY?
We published our first interview with new signing Amad Diallo, who revealed his delight at becoming a Red and thanked fellow Ivorian Eric Bailly for his help as he settles into life in Manchester.
The Emirates FA Cup fourth-round tie with Liverpool at Old Trafford was also scheduled in the calendar.
We also looked back on Rashford's imperious and influential form on the road, during our superb run away from home. Indeed, our no.10 has been directly involved in at least one goal in each of his last eight domestic games. Let's hope that continues on Sunday.
And finally, ahead of the weekend's big clash, check out brilliant video of our top 10 Premier League matches at Anfield. There are some belters in there!