At the beginning of lockdown, he realised the danger of local kids just like him who rely on free dinners missing out while schools were closed. Rashford joined up with food charity FareShare to raise over £20m to feed them.
Rashford took his campaign to a national scale, lobbying the Government to continue the scheme throughout the summer with a heartfelt letter to MPs this week.
But there was still the problem of what would happen when the free meal voucher scheme stopped during the school holidays.
There is the £1.8m home close to his team-mate and close friend Jesse Lingard among the Cheshire set in Wilmslow, and the superstar profile. In February, sponsors Nike took Rashford to the Super Bowl in Miami where he was pictured with US rap star and Roc Nation founder Jay Z.
Rashford had not forgotten what he saw for the first time travelling through the city centre on the No 41 and No 143 buses on his way to train in Salford.
He was studying a BTEC in sport at Ashton-on-Mersey School when he burst into the first team at United in February 2016, scoring four goals in four days against FC Midtjylland and Arsenal.
It’s why Rashford has fought so hard to help ease the poverty he witnessed as a child. It began with the In the Box campaign to help Manchester’s homeless over the Christmas period.
Rashford remembers going to breakfast club at Button Lane Primary School in Wythenshawe and benefiting from free meals. He remembers the friends who invited him round for dinner to make sure he ate, and the parents who went out of their way to give him a lift to training.
It was Melanie, a devout Christian, who pushed for Marcus to join United’s academy programme a year early at the age of 11 so he could benefit from better accommodation and education.
Now an established star for club and country, he is seen by United as potential Ballon d’Or winner and they rewarded him with a new £200,000-a-week contract last summer.
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