Manchester United striker, Marcus Rashford has said he regrets not playing for former manager, Sir Alex Ferguson in his career.
Calling it the only ‘regret’ he has in his career, Rashford praised Ferguson after the legendary manager praised him following his special award at the Football Writers’ Association’s annual tribute awards on Thursday, January 14.
The 23-year-old became the youngest ever recipient of the FWA tribute, which was awarded in recognition of his work to fight child food poverty.
Rashford has led a successful, but still ongoing, campaign to extend the provision of free school meals for vulnerable children throughout the coronavirus pandemic and Sir Alex Ferguson led the tributes to the Manchester United star who he has known since he was 7.
The 79-year-old, who left Manchester United in 2013, praised Rashford before he received the award from the FWA.
He said: ‘I have known him since being a kid of 7 years of age, and seen him develop through the ranks of Manchester United into a truly wonderful person.
‘Apart from his football life, what he has achieved in the last few months is quite astonishing, how he has helped the people in need is a truly amazing achievement.
‘I would like to congratulate him on that. He has shown to young people in particular there is a different way of dealing with life.
‘He has shown great humility, he has shown courage to do what he did, so this achievement is well deserved and should be recognised with what he has done.
‘So Marcus, well done on a fantastic achievement.’
After receiving the award Rashford said:
‘For me [hearing from Ferguson] was an unbelievable experience and I think for me that is probably the only regret I have ever had in my career, never having the chance to play under Sir Alex.
‘It is something which is probably never going to happen now but to be on the phone with him and just have 10 or 15 minutes conversation with him was amazing and I am pleased he was aware of the situation and he wanted to help as well, so it was brilliant.
‘He has always, from the beginning really, backed me with what I am doing.
‘Probably when other people in sports were telling me not to do it and just focus on football, he said if I believed in that, and I believe it is the right thing to do, then he is behind it. Those words from him are an amazing feeling to hear that.’
Ferguson has helped Rashford with his fight, previously pledging £2m towards the FareShare charity that Rashford uses in doing his charity work.