Marcus Rashford declares himself a Manchester United player for life

Marcus Rashford has declared himself a Manchester United player for life and ruled out ever playing for another club.

Ahead of the Manchester derby at Old Trafford against local rivals City, Rashford underlined his lifelong devotion to the red half of the city.

Real Madrid and Barcelona are among the clubs who could swoop for Rashford in the coming years, but the Manchester-born forward says his heart belongs to United.

Rashford, 23, who became a national hero for his tireless campaigning to end child poverty, said: “For me, I never look beyond Manchester United.

“As a kid, I’ve never looked beyond Manchester United.

Marcus Rashford wants to stay at Manchester United for the rest of his career

“In my mind, it wouldn’t sit right for me to be pulling on another shirt.

“I just want to do the best I can for the club whilst I’m here, so hopefully I’m here for the long-term.”

Rashford was speaking after winning the Sport for Social Change award at Sports Journalists’ Association British Sports Awards, for his campaigning work to ensure all vulnerable children receive free school meals.

England striker Rashford, awarded an MBE for his work away from football, said his passion to improve the lives of children and their families was the reason for his relentless campaigning.

“You know when you’re a kid and you really believe in something, and there’s nothing that can really knock you off that track if you believe something’s true, whatever it may be?” said Rashford.

“I believe the structure has needed to change for a long time, and I believe that in the future, kids deserve a better chance and families deserve a better chance to become successful.

“It’s been a difficult period for everyone with the lockdowns and the virus going around.”

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