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Rashford warming up for Manchester United in 2017
Marcus Rashford

(1997-10-31) October 31, 1997 (age 26)
Wythenshawe, England
Nationality English
Organization End Child Food Poverty
Marcus Rashford
Personal information
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Manchester United
Number 10
Youth career
2003–2005 Fletcher Moss Rangers
2005–2015 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015– Manchester United 317 (98)
National team
2012 England U16 2 (0)
2014 England U18 2 (0)
2016 England U20 2 (0)
2016 England U21 1 (3)
2016– England 38 (10)
Men's football
Representing  England
UEFA Nations League
Bronze 2019
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:06, December 15, 2019 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20:11, November 17, 2019 (UTC)

Marcus Rashford (born October 31, 1997) is an English soccer player (called footballer in many parts of the world). He plays as a forward for Manchester United and the England national team. Rashford has been with Manchester United since he was seven years old. He made his debut for the first team in 2016 in a game against Midtjylland. He scored two goals in that game, and two more in his next game against Arsenal. Rashford also scored in his first game for the England national team in May 2016.

Rashford also campaigns on issues of child food poverty and literacy in the UK. Rashford was awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire for his charity work. In addition, he was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester.

Club career

Early life and career

Marcus Rashford was born in Wythenshawe, a town in south Manchester. He started playing soccer at the age of five for Fletcher Moss Rangers. When he was seven, Rashford started the pre-academy program at Manchester United. Rashford was playing with the Manchester United under-18 team when he got a call to the first team.

Rashford has said that the Brazilian soccer player Ronaldo was his childhood idol.

Manchester United first team

2015-16 season: debut

Rashford was on the bench on November 21, 2015, when Manchester United won 2-1 against Watford. His first start was against Midtjylland in the UEFA Europa League. Anthony Martial was injured in the warm-up to that game, and Rashford replaced him in the starting team. Rashford scored two goals in the game and United won 5-1. Three days later, he started in the game vs Arsenal. In that game, he scored two more goals and provided an assist. United won 3-2. In the 2015-16 season, Rashford scored a total of 8 goals in 18 appearances and won the FA Cup.

2016-17 season

Marcus Rashford took number 19 for the new season. He won the EFL Cup with Manchester United in 2017. Rashford scored the crucial winning goal in the Europa League quarterfinal. He also started in the Europa League final. Manchester United won 2-0 against Ajax to win the trophy. In total, Rashford scored 11 goals and made 6 assists in the 16/17 season.

2017-18 season

Rashford scored against Basel in his UEFA Champions League debut on September 12. With that goal, he had scored in his first appearances in six different competitions. He scored 13 goals in 52 appearances in the 2017-18 season.

2018-19 season

Rashford got the number 10 shirt after Zlatan Ibrahimović left Manchester United. Rashford had a successful season, scoring 13 goals and 9 assists. Rashford helped Manchester United reach the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. United defeated PSG in the process, with Rashford scoring the deciding goal.

2019-20 season

The 2019-20 season was Rashford's best season by stats so far. In total, Rashford scored 22 goals including 17 in the Premier League. During the season, he struggled with a back injury. This limited his total game time. He was still named Manchester United Player of the Year and England's Footballer of the Year.

2020-21 season

Rashford scored 21 goals and had 15 assists in the 2020-21 season. He enjoyed a particularly good goal-scoring run in the UEFA Champions League. In that competition, he scored 6 goals in 6 appearances. 11 of his goals and 11 of his assists were in the Premier League.

2021-22 seasons

Rashford's 2021-22 season was not as good as his past seasons. In 32 appearances, he scored 5 goals and had 2 assists. He did have a shoulder injury for part of the season and ended the season with bronchitis.

Style of play

Marcus Rashford plays either as a center forward or a wide forward. Rashford has said that he prefers playing as a left-winger. He uses his speed and dribbling to play direct soccer. These qualities make him more effective on the wings.


He is similar to Thierry Henry in terms of style of play. Van Gaal said his performances at a young age were similar to those of Patrick Kluivert, who he had managed at Ajax in the 1990s.

Growing up, the player he most tried to emulate was Brazilian striker Ronaldo. Speaking about Ronaldo, Rashford said: "I've grown up watching so much of him and his games. He always played free, and went out there and expressed himself. When you do that, that's when you play your best football."

Rashford said that Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney were United players he idolised in his youth. He has watched many of their games live, and said of Ronaldo that "there is no bigger inspiration in football".

Personal life

Charity and activism

Rashford has teamed up with poverty and food waste charity FareShare to provide meals to poor school children in the Greater Manchester area. Because of COVID-19-related lockdowns, school children were not receiving free school meals during this time. Eventually, the charity was able to raise enough money to reach four million children across the country.

On June 15, 2020, Rashford wrote an open letter calling for the UK government to end child poverty. The government extended free school meals for children during the summer holidays. On September 1, Rashford teamed up with multiple groups to create Child Food Poverty Task Force to help further this cause. In October 2020, Rashford was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Marcus Rashford quotes

  • "For me, sometimes it’s more important to perform well in training and know that I am improving rather than scoring in a game. It’s doing the hard work, day in, day out."
  • "I learn something new every game. Every game is always different, no matter how you try and think about it beforehand."
  • "Political affiliations aside, can we not all agree that no child should be going to bed hungry?"
  • "These children matter… And as long as they don’t have a voice they will have mine."

Interesting facts about Marcus Rashford

  • Marcus's birthday is on Halloween.
  • As a child, he watched tricks on soccer video games and copied them. Now he is a character in the video game series FIFA.
  • His two brothers help him with his business decisions.
  • He has beaten many soccer records.
  • In 2016, Marcus became youngest player to score in a European competition. He was 18.
  • Marcus learned a bit of sign language when he was asked to be a judge in a World Book Day poetry competition at a school for children with hearing loss.

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