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Marcus Rashford pays tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson after receiving an honorary doctorate

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Marcus Rashford says it was ‘special’ that legendary Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was on hand to watch the English star receive an honorary doctorate

  • Marcus Rashford received an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester
  • He became the youngest recipient of an honorary doctorate from the university
  • Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson attended the event
  • Rashford said it was ‘special’ to share the moment with the former United boss











Marcus Rashford became the youngest recipient of an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester and has claimed it was ‘special’ to share the moment with Sir Alex Ferguson.

The Man United star received the honorary doctorate in a special ceremony that took place at Old Trafford.

It has been awarded to him for his ongoing charitable work, his fight against child poverty – leading him to roll back the government’s policy on free school meals – and for his sporting achievements at Old Trafford and England.

Sir Alex Ferguson (right) attended to watch Marcus Rashford (left) receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester

Rashford received the degree for his fight against child poverty and for his sporting achievements

Rashford received the degree for his fight against child poverty and for his sporting achievements

Rashford shared a number of images on his Instagram page in which he paid tribute to Sir Alex as well as United’s legendary player Sir Bobby Charlton.

He wrote on Instagram: ‘The biggest. So special to share this moment with Sir Alex and Sir Bobby who unfortunately couldn’t be there yesterday.’

Rashford joins both Manchester United legends who have also been honored by the university in the past.

The university’s website says the award is the “highest honor” they can bestow, and at 23 years old, Rashford is the youngest in their history to receive an honorary degree.

Rashford's coaches and teammates also attended the event

Rashford’s coaches and teammates also attended the event

However, Rashford said it felt “bittersweet” to receive the honorary degree after the Universal Credit increase was rescinded.

On graduating, he said: ‘To be here in the presence of a great like Sir Alex, and those who have been instrumental in my journey to be where I am today, is special.

‘I am here to receive my honorary doctorate for my work on child poverty.

Yesterday (Wednesday) millions of families in the UK lost a lifeline and a means of staying afloat. A step that could increase child poverty to one in three children. That’s why today is bittersweet.’

Rashford said it was a 'bittersweet' moment after the Universal Credit hike was rescinded

Rashford said it was a ‘bittersweet’ moment after the Universal Credit hike was rescinded

In addition to Sir Alex, his family and former coaches and teammates from the academy also attended the event.

Rashford wrote on Instagram: “So important to me that I shared it yesterday with those who were there from the start, my Academy coaches and teammates. It was great to see you all there.’

There was no room for Rashford in the England squad this week for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers as he is recovering from shoulder surgery he underwent after Euro 2020.

He returned to full training at Carrington last week and hopes to return to the fold shortly after the international break.

Rashford is back training after shoulder surgery and hopes to be able to play again soon

Rashford is back training after shoulder surgery and hopes to be able to play again soon

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