England international footballer Marcus Rashford MBE received his honorary doctorate from The University of Manchester on Thursday at a special ceremony which took place at Old
Trafford. The initial award announcement was made in July last year, but due to the
pandemic, an official in-person ceremony and celebration has been unable to take place until now. The prestigious award is for his ongoing charity work and well-publicised campaign against child poverty off the field, as well as his outstanding sporting achievements on the pitch. The accolade is the highest honour the University can bestow and, at just 23 years old, Marcus is the youngest recipient of an honorary degree in the history of The University of
Manchester. He joins fellow Manchester United club legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton, who have also been honoured by the University in the past.