Marcus Rashford has discussed his ‘bond’ with Manchester United and admits he wants to remain with his boyhood side for the rest of his career.
Rashford came through the club’s famed academy ranks and has established himself as a firm fans’ favourite since breaking into the first-team five years ago, becoming a key figure for both club and country.
The England international has established himself as one of the most exciting forwards in the Premier League, whilst he has notably used his platform to push for changes in social injustice outside of football.
United have endured a transitional phase for much of Rashford’s career in the senior side and suffered a disappointing Champions League exit in midweek, though the 22-year-old insists he has never contemplated the prospect of pulling on another shirt.
“For me, I never look beyond Manchester United,” Rashford said, as per the Telegraph, after being named as the winner of the Sport for Social Change award at the British Sports Award.
“As a kid I’ve never looked beyond Manchester United 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 credited the role that the Red Devils had in his development as a youngster and says his bond with the club dates far further back than his time in the first team, the Wythenshawe-born star thanking United for giving him the opportunity to express himself and succeed.
“All the good things that have happened this year it’s come from Manchester United giving me the opportunity as a kid,” Rashford said.
“I don’t just remember the last year or the last five years, I’m talking about the times when nobody in my family drove and I had to get to training, and United had people to come and take me to the training ground and take me back home.
“When I was six, seven, eight years old, I’m talking about the times when they put me into accommodation when my mum was struggling at home, when I was 11 years old and I was up there until I was 16, 17, so it’s a lot deeper than what people see sometimes.
“I think people only see some of the stuff that’s been happening since I’ve been in the first team, but the bond that I have with United is much greater than just these last five years, and it will forever be greater than my actual career.
“They’re the reason that I’ve become a footballer, they’ve given me an opportunity to express myself and find out that I had talent in football.”