Marcus Rashford becomes the youngest person to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Manchester

In honour of his campaign against child poverty, Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has become the youngest person to receive an honorary degree from the University of Manchester.

As well as Alex’s friends and family, former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was also there to watch the footballer accept the award.

Accepting the award, the 23-year-old said: “To be here in the presence of a great such as Sir Alex, and those who have played a huge role in my journey to be where I am today is special.

“I’m here to receive my Honorary Doctorate for my work around child poverty. Yesterday, millions of families across the UK lost a lifeline and a means of staying afloat. A move that could see child poverty rise to 1 in 3 children. For that reason, today is bittersweet.

“It’s time that representatives got out into communities like mine. It’s time they saw first-hand the true measure of struggle. COVID-19 can no longer be used as an excuse.”

Sir Alex Ferguson, 79, and former Man-Utd player Sir Bobby Charlton, 84, have previously been honoured by the university.