Manchester United and England star Marcus Rashford is becoming the youngest person to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester following his campaign to fight child poverty.

22-year-old Rashford recently forced a government U-turn which won a £1.3m cash injection to allow children to claim free school meals over England's summer holidays. United's number 10 also teamed up with charity FareShare to raise £20m for food donations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Commenting on the achievement — which is the highest honour the University of Manchester can bestow — Rashford said it was "a proud day for myself and my family... It's humbling."

He added: "We still have a long way to go in the fight to combat child poverty in this country but receiving recognition from your city means we are heading in the right direction and that means a lot."

Joining Manchester United legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton in the list of people who have received the award from the university, Rashford's current manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, said: "He [Rashford] cares about others so much more than himself. Very proud of him and hopefully [he will] keep his personality for the rest of his life."

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