Dean Henderson strengthened his case to be Manchester United's number one with a brilliant save late on as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's disjointed side beat Luton Town 3-0 in the EFL Cup.

United suffered a 3-1 home loss to Crystal Palace in their first Premier League game on Saturday and Solskjaer made 10 changes for the third-round tie at Kenilworth Road, including handing a debut to goalkeeper Henderson as David de Gea was given the night off.

A Juan Mata penalty on the stroke of half-time gave United the lead against their Championship hosts, who would have levelled with nine minutes remaining had Henderson's one-handed stop not denied Tom Lockyer.

By that point a concerned Solskjaer had called for the cavalry and substitutes Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood both added late goals for a victory that flattered United.

Marcus Rashford's charity work might see him become the first Manchester United player to get a round of applause at Anfield, said Liverpool defender Andy Robertson.

United attacker Rashford successfully lobbied to have the free school meal voucher scheme extended to help families hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, with the United Kingdom government making a U-turn and agreeing to cover the summer months.

The England international also partnered with charity FareShare and helped raise £20million to provide free meals to vulnerable families, before setting up a task force with a group of supermarkets, businesses and charities to call on the government to ease child food poverty in the UK.

Robertson has started the AR26 charity to help underprivileged kids and released a book about Liverpool's historic Premier League title triumph last season to raise funds for it.

The Scotland captain was irked by health secretary Matt Hancock calling on footballers to "take a pay cut and play their part" during the early stages of lockdown and thinks Rashford's accomplishments should be applauded by fans across the country.

"In the lockdown period I decided to set up my own charity, AR26, which is going to help underprivileged kids, which is really important to me," Robertson told Sky Sports News.

"I have a football academy already up in Glasgow which is going to now not exist and come under the charity, so we're hoping to provide football and potentially other sports up for hopefully free up and down the country and get kids playing sport and staying active.

"I was watching the TV when Matt Hancock said what he said during lockdown and I couldn't believe it, and then a couple weeks later Marcus Rashford does what he does. And to be honest what he did was remarkable, he got something overturned in government, which doesn't happen for footballers very often. He's an absolute inspiration to all of us.

"I hope that when fans are allowed back into the grounds that that man gets a standing ovation off every fan, because what he's done to provide food for kids that might not get it is an absolute inspiration.

"He might just be the first Man United player to get a round of applause at Anfield! Let's see if that happens, but he certainly deserves it and all the plaudits he gets because what he did was phenomenal."

The Players Together initiative to help generate funds for the NHS, which Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson spearheaded, was launched by Premier League players shortly after Hancock's comments sparked widespread debate.

"Hendo and all the other captains ended up raising a fund for the NHS, who are the real heroes in all this, who fought the pandemic when a lot of us hid away from it," said Robertson.

"Hendo was the driving force behind that. These things were all bubbling away when Matt Hancock called us out, and it felt as if we were probably getting attacked when other industries, other sports people were getting attacked.

"It didn't sit right with me and it didn't sit right with many footballers because I believe we're all very active in what we do and try and help, whether it's family that maybe need charity or it's proper charities.

"I believe we're all active and I felt it was a wee bit harsh what he said."

Marcus Rashford has set up a task force and called on the government for further assistance as part of a campaign to ease child food poverty in the United Kingdom.

The Manchester United star lobbied successfully to have the free school meal voucher scheme extended to cover the summer months and help families hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

The England international also partnered with charity FareShare and helped to raise £20million to provide free meals to vulnerable families. He was rewarded with an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester and given a Special Recognition Award by the High Sheriff of Manchester, Dr Eamonn O'Neal, for "outstanding activity and contribution to the community".

Rashford, who has spoken of his own experiences of relying on the voucher scheme as a child, has brought together a group of supermarkets, businesses and charities to further the fight against child poverty.

The 22-year-old has written to MPs and called for funding to widen the free school meals scheme to support an extra 1.5million children between seven and 16, expand holiday food and activities for an extra 1.1m children, and increase the value of certain food vouchers to reach a further 290,000 children under four and pregnant women.

The task force hopes the latest campaign will be "a unifying step to identifying a long-term solution to child poverty in the UK".

"We had to think about the best way to do it, to think about how these families can eat long term and not have any issues," Rashford told the BBC.

"We wanted to do it the best way we could, introduce the best people into our group, and see if using them [we] can push it even more.

"I feel like at times people think they are being looked down on if they ask for help, and I think in this generation... that is something that should change.

"You should feel free if you want to ask for help for anything. Hold your head up high and if you need help go and get help."

Jack Grealish has earned a first senior England call-up for the Nations League clashes with Iceland and Denmark, while Marcus Rashford and Harry Winks have withdrawn from the squad.

Grealish was initially overlooked for the Group A2 encounters with Iceland in Reykjavik on Saturday and Denmark in Copenhagen three days later.

The Aston Villa captain has now been drafted into the squad by Gareth Southgate, who came in for criticism for omitting the midfielder last week.

Grealish represented England at under-21 level and played in Southgate's 2016 Toulon Tournament-winning squad.

Manchester United forward Rashford misses out with an ankle injury, while Tottenham midfielder Winks is also unavailable due to injury so Southgate is down to a squad of 24.

Rashford tweeted on Monday: "Never want to let this team down but these fixtures just came a little too soon for me.

"I tried my best but I have to focus on starting the season at my strongest for club and country. Good luck boys, I'll be cheering you on from home."

Southgate also called-up uncapped Wolves defender Conor Coady and versatile Arsenal's versatile 23-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles at the weekend.
 

 

Manchester United star Anthony Martial said the trust of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and increased game time was behind his stellar 2019-20 season. 

Martial ended the campaign as United's leading scorer with 23 goals in all competitions, one ahead of team-mate Marcus Rashford.

The 24-year-old French forward netted 17 goals in the Premier League to help United finish third and qualify for the Champions League, while he managed four during the club's run to the Europa League semi-finals.

It was Martial's best goalscoring tally for United since arriving from Ligue 1 outfit Monaco in 2015 and he explained the reasons for his stellar form at Old Trafford.

"I think it's down to the fact that I've enjoyed more game time. I've played in practically every game and so I think it's all about consistency," Martial, who was in and out of the team under former boss Jose Mourinho, told Inside United magazine.

"In previous seasons I haven't been able to feature as regularly; I'd be on the bench quite a bit and other times I'd be starting, which was quite difficult.

"Whereas right now I know that the coach has faith in me and I’m confident of starting the next match. So, I'm giving everything I can in order to pay back that trust he has shown.

"[I'm hungry for all goals] because for me, a goal is a goal. So simply by managing to score more of a simple kind of goal, I know that I'll score a lot more in total.

"It's something that we work on a lot in training and I then try and reproduce that in a match situation."

United's Martial and England international Rashford also finished joint-top for assists in 2019-20.

"With Marcus, I think that we've been playing together for five seasons now and so, yes, we have that good understanding. It's a real positive for us that we have this great connection," added Martial.

"We just try to help each other out. For example, there are some games where maybe a shot is on and then I decide to wait and see, and I give him the ball because I want him to score. And he does the same thing for me, so you see, we're not just focused on scoring all the time.

"We're always going to do everything we can for the team to win which means that, if he is better placed than me or I'm in a better position than him, we'll always give each other the ball in order to score.

"There is healthy competition, but the biggest thing is the positive rapport that we have with one another."

Liverpool right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has seen off competition from a trio of Manchester United players to be crowned the Premier League's Young Player of the Season.

The 21-year-old scored four goals and set up 13 more in a brilliant 2019-20 campaign that saw Liverpool end their 30-year wait for top-flight success.

Alexander-Arnold also helped the champions keep 12 clean sheets and saw off competition from United's Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford for the award.

Chelsea pair Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount were also nominated for the inaugural prize, as was Aston Villa's Jack Grealish and Sheffield United loanee Dean Henderson.

The award is for players who were aged 23 or under at the start of the 2019-20 season and is voted for by fans. 

Alexander-Arnold is also in contention to win the Premier League Player of the Season accolade, along with team-mates Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane, as well as Kevin De Bruyne, Jamie Vardy, Nick Pope and Danny Ings.

Liverpool dominate the nominations for the Premier League Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season and Manager of the Season awards for 2019-20.

Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year Jordan Henderson, along with team-mates Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane, are up for the league's Player of the Season prize.

Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne, Golden Boot winner Jamie Vardy, Southampton striker Danny Ings and Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope are the other nominees.

Alexander-Arnold is also up for the inaugural Young Player of the Season, as are Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish and Chelsea duo Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount.

There are four Manchester United players on the shortlist: Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Dean Henderson, who is on loan at Sheffield United.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp leads the nominees for the Manager of the Season prize, with Leicester City's Brendan Rodgers and Sheffield United's Chris Wilder also selected.

Frank Lampard, who took Chelsea to a fourth-place finish and lost the FA Cup final to Arsenal, is the other nominee.

Each award will be decided through a combination of fan votes and input from a panel of experts.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk was named the Player of the Season in 2018-19, while Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has won the manager's accolade for the past two campaigns.

Wilfried Zaha is proud to see the likes of Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford being vocal in the fight against racial discrimination but believes social media platforms must do more to tackle abuse.

Crystal Palace winger Zaha has long been targeted by racist trolls online, revealing he was first sent abusive messages approximately 10 years ago.

With social media platforms growing in popularity over the past decade, it has become something of a regular occurrence to see top-level athletes sharing screenshots of abuse they have received.

England internationals Sterling and Rashford have both found themselves in such scenarios, while Zaha took similar action earlier in July – with a 12-year-old boy arrested on that occasion.

The current generation of players are taking a stand, highlighting abuse in hope of creating change, and Zaha is glad to be witnessing such action.

"Yes, we are [aiming to effect change]," he told CNN Sport. "I'm so happy when I see these other young black players just not having it anymore.

"I'm proud to see it because it's been too long. You can't just sit back and accept it. Enough is enough.

"How are you cheering me when I'm scoring? Then if I'm not doing what you're happy with, I'm a monkey again? How does that make any sense?

"So, I'm proud to see Raheem and Marcus speaking up and making a change."

But Zaha is convinced social media companies must take greater responsibility with respect to eliminating racist abuse.

"Even after the 12-year-old, I reported 50 accounts that I was racially abused from that week," Zaha added. "What happens? Those accounts get blocked then they just make a new one straight afterwards?

"With everything that we register for these days, we have to give some sort of I.D. Why is it not the same for Instagram, or Twitter? Because that's where people tend to say what they really feel about people, no matter how hurtful or racist it is.

"I've gone through my Instagram account and there's a section where you can block certain words.

"I've had to go and write racist words that I don't want to see on my account - the monkey sign, 'black this', 'black that'. All of it. I've tried myself because the social media platforms are obviously not doing enough.

"I know I speak for the majority of people going through this. I've seen Ian Wright and Raheem speak about it. It's not okay. Things have to be done. Words are not enough now. No more statements.

"You can register as a nine-year-old on Instagram and they [the company] wouldn't know. What age is it to register? Thirteen. The boy who abused me is 12. How does he even get on there? What checks are they making?"

Following the Premier League's resumption in June, the competition supported the Black Lives Matter movement, which gained traction after George Floyd – an African-American man – died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

Club jerseys were adorned with a 'Black Lives Matter' patch, while all players and officials took a knee at the start of every match until the end of the season, but Zaha is bemused that such lengths have to be taken in 2020.

"We shouldn't have to put Black Lives Matter to show that we matter on the back of our shirts," he continued.

"It's 2020. Why is it even in dispute? We shouldn't still be sat here saying we matter and giving reasons why.

"So, yes, it's nice to see this effort now being put towards it, but I hope that pressure is sustained. There's no point me having a full-blown interview here and then going back to racial abuse on my phone again."

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been named the Football Writers' Association's (FWA) Footballer of the Year.

The Reds won the Premier League title with seven games to spare, ending a 30-year wait for their 19th top-flight championship.

Playing arguably the best football of his career, England midfielder Henderson was influential in leading the side in a dominant campaign.

The FWA revealed Henderson, who has been out with a knee injury since early July, secured more than a quarter of the votes.

Team-mates Virgil van Dijk and Sadio Mane were in contention, along with Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester United's Marcus Rashford. Liverpool pair Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold also had votes cast in their favour.

Henderson said: "I'd like to say how appreciative I am of the support of those who voted for me and the Football Writers' Association in general.

"You only have to look at the past winners of it - a number of whom I've been blessed to play with here at Liverpool, like Stevie [Gerrard], Luis [Suarez] and Mo [Salah] - to know how prestigious it is.

"But as grateful as I am, I don't feel like I can accept this on my own. I don't feel like anything I've achieved this season or in fact during my whole career has been done on my own.

"I owe a lot to so many different people – but none more so than my current team-mates, who have just been incredible and deserve this every bit as much as I do.

"We've only achieved what we've achieved because every single member of our squad has been brilliant."

The 30-year-old, who joined Liverpool in a £20million move from boyhood club Sunderland in 2011, has scored four goals in 30 league appearances this season.

As well as the domestic title, Henderson helped the Reds to lift the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup, building on the success of their 2018-19 Champions League triumph.

Off the pitch, Henderson was also a key figure in the formation of the #PlayersTogether initiative, a fund for Premier League players to raise money for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has been named the Football Writers' Association's (FWA) Footballer of the Year.

After years of indifference and relative failure compared to their illustrious recent past, the ‘old Manchester United’ may just have emerged from their slumber. 

The club were on a 19-game unbeaten streak before Sunday's FA Cup semi-final loss to Chelsea (W14 D5), their best run of form without a loss in all competitions since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013  

Bruno Fernandes, the Red Devils’ January acquisition is rightly getting the praise as the catalyst in midfield. After all, the Portuguese player started his career at United with only one loss in 17 games in all competitions (W12 D5), scoring nine times and assisting a further eight goals. But the emergence of Mason Greenwood on the right has also helped Manchester United play some of their most eye-catching football this season. 

Solskjaer is preaching Manchester United’s well-established policy of using younger players where possible, using the youngest starting XI in the Premier League this season on average at 25 years and 98 days.

The Norwegian has given 2020 minutes to teenage players this season, with Greenwood accounting for over half (1145). 

Only two teenage Premier League players have been given more playing time this season than him, Max Aarons who turned 20 in January and Bukayo Saka who has made an impression at Arsenal for his number of assists this season. 
 


Greenwood, who became Manchester United’s youngest ever Premier League starter on the final day of last season against Cardiff City (17 years and 223 days), has had to bide his time, at least in the league. 

Daniel James’ arrival from Swansea City last summer meant a competitor on the right for Greenwood and the Welshman made an immediate impact for United, scoring in three of his first four Premier League games. 

However since then, James has scored just once in 40 matches, against LASK in the Europa League in March, with that strike being his only direct goal contribution in 21 club matches in 2020. Greenwood used the Europa League as a proving ground in 2019, scoring four times in the group stage for United, as well as becoming United’s youngest European scorer ever with a goal against Astana (17 years 353 days). 

Those performances ensured a place in the thoughts of Solskjaer long term. 

Greenwood has made 19 Premier League appearances as a substitute for United this season, the most by any player for the club in a Premier League season. If anyone knows the importance of cameos, then it’s probably Solskjaer, who made his own name for the Red Devils in that manner. 

James’ downturn in form and Greenwood’s rise through the ranks has seen Solskjaer opt for the latter more regularly since the restart, given his superior contribution to goals, as well as being nearly as creative on a per-90 basis across the campaign. 


James arguably prefers to run into space whereas Greenwood is happier running at defenders, so both offer alternatives to the United manager. 

James does carry the ball an average of 14.2m, the best average figure in the Premier League this season for any player who has played more than 700 minutes, showing an ability to progress the ball forward. However, 11% of Greenwood’s carries this season have resulted in a shot from the youngster, compared to just 5% for James, showing a desire from Greenwood to instigate the attack rather than be just part of it. 

Greenwood’s 10 Premier League starts since the beginning of December have yielded a return of six goals and one assist.

Based on expected goals, Greenwood should have scored 2.5 non-penalty goals in the Premier League this season but has nine to his name. Only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang fares better in this regard, with team-mate Anthony Martial also in the top five. 

However, Greenwood’s return from his total of shots is far above what is expected (241% higher), suggesting that his overperformance over this short period of time is not sustainable long-term. There was a hint of this in his performance against Southampton as he was effectively shut out of the match by Ryan Bertrand. 
 


Regardless, Greenwood’s knack of finding the target from the same area of the field is reaping rewards, with six of his nine goals coming from a similar position, right off-centre from the penalty spot. Two more come from the opposite side, with one of the nine coming from inside the six-yard box.



Should he keep up his impressive performances, he could be looking at becoming the first player since Michael Owen in 1997/98 to score 10+ goals in a Premier League season aged 18 or under.

Robbie Fowler is the only other player to do this in a Premier League season, with Wayne Rooney the last person to net nine times aged 18 or under. It isn’t bad company to keep. 
 


Greenwood’s 32 games before turning 19 are comfortably the most for a Manchester United player in the Premier League and 13 more than team-mate Marcus Rashford who burst onto the scene four years prior (19 games before 19). 

Greenwood’s minutes before his 19th birthday are lower than the likes of Rashford and Ryan Giggs, mainly due to his use as a substitute earlier in 2019/20, but it is higher than Cristiano Ronaldo. 
 


Only three names in Manchester United’s post-war history have scored more goals in all competitions than Greenwood before turning 19, including the legendary George Best.

Greenwood has until October to try to surpass Norman Whiteside’s tally of 26 goals, with plenty of time to move his way up the rankings.



The hype around Greenwood seems unavoidable, especially with the ease in which he’s slotted into an attacking triumvirate with Rashford and Martial, both of whom have experience of high expectations early on from the Old Trafford support.  

Martial made his United debut in 2015 at 19, scoring from the bench against Liverpool and twice against Southampton a game later.

Rashford was handed his first appearance for the club after the Frenchman was injured in the warm-up against FC Midtjylland and duly scored twice. He then followed that up with a brace on his Premier League debut, so by comparison Greenwood has been given the slow burn experience towards stardom. 

All three have hit 15+ goals for Manchester United this season (Rashford and Martial both have 22 to Greenwood’s 16), with all three having their best scoring seasons in their career. 

The trio’s goals account for 57% of United’s total in all competitions this season, showing how important all three are in their own way. Their minutes per goal figures all sit around the same range – Greenwood scoring every 140 minutes, Rashford 141 and Martial 144.  

This is the first time since 2012/13 that Manchester United have had three scorers bag 15+ goals each. However, it’s arguable that the last time United had a trio capable playing together this cohesively was in 2008, with the Champions League-winning combination of Carlos Tevez, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo as a front-three.

That trio was heavily reliant on Ronaldo’s outstanding campaign in which he scored 42 goals in 49 games. 



The early signs of this fledging trio are encouraging. Martial, Rashford and Greenwood have started together nine times since November, with Solskjaer reluctant to experiment on the combination too soon in Greenwood’s development. 

In three of those matches (Partizan Belgrade in November, Newcastle in December and Bournemouth in July) all three players have found the net. Across those nine fixtures, the trio have scored a combined 22 goals (2.4 per game). That’s a better rate than the 2007/08 trio, who scored between them an average of 2.1 goals per game when they all started, with all three scoring in four separate matches in the season. 

As evidenced by the match against Southampton and Crystal Palace, when one is perceived to be having a weaker game, the other two step up, as Greenwood failed to score but both Rashford and Martial provided finishes in each match. 



By looking at the expected goals maps since the Premier League restarted, it’s clear that each player has a defined role but equally some flexibility within that. Martial is trusted to stay centrally and finish chances within the box, with Rashford and Greenwood trying efforts from further back.

Rashford has acted as another linkman in this formation after Fernandes, providing three assists since the Premier League resumed (all for Martial). However he’s performing marginally below his expected goals numbers (excluding penalties, 3.3 xG, 2 goals scored). 




Whether he intended for it to happen as soon as it has, Solskjaer appears to have stumbled upon his ideal XI with a blistering attack ably bolstered by a balanced midfield of Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic sitting deep. 

With the top four race intensifying, it will be interesting to see if Manchester United’s manager is willing to deviate or keep his faith in United’s new fledglings.

Manchester United continued their push for Champions League qualification as Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial secured a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

After a draw with Southampton ended their four-match streak of Premier League victories, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side returned to winning ways to keep the pressure on fourth-placed Leicester City, who had beaten Sheffield United earlier on Thursday.

Their victory came in somewhat unconvincing fashion, however, with Rashford providing a moment of quality to open the scoring in first-half stoppage time.

Palace fell foul of some contentious VAR decisions either side of the opener yet United had the final say -  despite a glaring miss from Bruno Fernandes - when Rashford turned provider for Martial to wrap up the points and leave the Champions League race perfectly poised with two matches remaining.

Following a sluggish start, United finally clicked into gear on the half-hour mark, but Mason Greenwood scuffed wide from Martial's lay-off.

Victor Lindelof dived in on Wilfried Zaha just before half-time, yet Palace's penalty appeals fell on deaf ears, and their frustration was compounded three minutes later – Rashford finishing in style after getting the better of Van Aanholt.

Jordan Ayew thought he had restored parity 10 minutes after the restart, only for VAR to deem the striker was offside as Zaha released his cross.

Fernandes struck the post with half of the goal to aim at with 16 minutes remaining, but he soon atoned for that, combining brilliantly with Rashford to set up Martial, who tucked in his 10th top-flight goal since the turn of the year.

In the process of scoring, Martial collided with Van Aanholt, who had to receive lengthy treatment and oxygen before being taken off as a difficult day for Palace ended on a worrying note.

 

What does it mean? Champions League race set to run to the wire

United and Leicester go head-to-head on the final day of the season and it looks set to be a straight shoot-out for a spot in the Champions League, though third-placed Chelsea are still very much in the mix.

In-form Rashford rolls on

United forward Rashford has enjoyed a fine week, having been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Manchester for his work in the community, and his effort took him onto 17 league goals for the season – the same as in his two previous campaigns combined.

VAR controversy frustrates Palace

Lindelof seemed to make contact with Zaha in the box when the Palace forward powered through shortly before half-time, yet VAR did not instruct referee Graham Scott to reassess his decision, despite the replays showing there was indeed a touch from the United defender.

Palace were dealt a blow by the technology again in the second half, when Ayew's goal was disallowed. 

What's next?

United turn their focus to the FA Cup on Sunday, with Chelsea their semi-final opponents on Sunday. Palace, meanwhile, face Wolves in their penultimate league outing.

Anthony Martial has cast aside any doubts over his ability with his superb form since the resumption of the Premier League season, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

Manchester United striker Martial has scored 16 times in the top flight this term, including five goals since the Premier League restarted in June. 

The France international has formed part of a formidable trio up front for United alongside Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, with midfielder Bruno Fernandes also in sensational form. 

But Solskjaer insists he never had any concerns over Martial's quality, though the Norwegian has seen a different side of the 24-year-old's game this campaign. 

"It's great when you're a striker scoring goals, on top of your game, fit and strong," Solskjaer told a news conference ahead of United's clash with Crystal Palace on Thursday. 

"Mason has come into the frame and not looked back since the restart and it's fantastic to see them on the training ground. 

"Martial is definitely developing, improving and enjoying his football, he's stepped it up this season as an individual and more as a team player, and physically. 

"I remember there were talks about our forwards last season being the least active and there were stats flying around but Anthony is now working really hard for the team and he is a quality, quality finisher." 

On Wednesday, the University of Manchester announced Martial's team-mate Rashford will receive an honorary degree in recognition of his achievements in the fight against child poverty. 

Rashford partnered with FareShare to help raise £20million to put towards funding for free meals for children in need during the coronavirus pandemic, while the 22-year-old also successfully campaigned for the British government to extend a food voucher scheme for underprivileged children. 

The England forward will be the youngest ever recipient of an honorary doctorate, and Solskjaer lauded Rashford's efforts off the field. 

"We're so proud of Marcus, he's a great person and a great human being," Solskjaer said. 

"The work he's done, he cares so much more about others than himself. Very proud of him and hopefully he'll keep his personality for the rest of his life and be himself." 

United dropped points against Southampton last time out but are on equal footing with fourth-placed Leicester City as the race for Champions League qualification heads to the wire.

However, Solskjaer is confident in his side's mentality approaching their final three fixtures.

"Keep on doing what we've been doing, trust yourselves," he added. 

"We're at a club where it always boils down to the last couple of weeks of the season, we've done fantastic since we restarted, had a great run, a little bit of a setback is a test for mentalities." 

Marcus Rashford will receive an honorary degree from the University of Manchester in recognition of his achievements in the fight against child poverty. 

The England international partnered with FareShare and helped to raise £20million to help provide free meals to those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Manchester United striker Rashford also successfully campaigned for the United Kingdom government to extend the scheme for free school meals for underprivileged children into the summer months, ensuring vouchers would stay available. 

To mark his efforts on and off the field, the university will make the 22-year-old the youngest ever recipient of an honorary doctorate. 

"It's a proud day for myself and my family. When you look at the great names that have been awarded this doctorate in the past, it's humbling," Rashford said in a statement on United's website.

"We still have a long way to go in the fight to combat child poverty in this country but receiving recognition from your city means we are heading in the right direction and that means a lot. Thank you to the University of Manchester."

Club legends Alex Ferguson and Bobby Charlton have previously received what is the highest honour the university can bestow to an individual.

"Marcus is an extraordinary young man with an extraordinary talent and drive that stretches well beyond the football field," Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, the University of Manchester's president and vice-chancellor, said. 

"His work for charity and his high-profile campaign will not only help countless young people across our own city, but across the entire country. 

"Our university has social responsibility at its core and this sense of civic pride and duty is something we are proud to share with Marcus. That is why the university is delighted to make Marcus our youngest ever recipient of an honorary degree."

Paulo Dybala is set to become Juventus' second highest paid player, while Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly targeting Marcus Rashford.

Dybala was linked with a move away from the Serie A club last year, but ended up staying and is enjoying a fine season in Turin.

Now, the Argentina international is set to be rewarded.

 

TOP STORY – DYBALA TO BECOME JUVE'S SECOND HIGHEST PAID PLAYER

Coming out of contract in 2022, Dybala is close to extending his contract at Juventus until 2025, according to Tuttosport.

The playmaker will become Juve's second highest paid player behind only star forward Cristiano Ronaldo.

Dybala has scored 17 goals and provided eight assists in 41 games in all competitions this season.

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- Paris Saint-Germain are eyeing a Manchester United forward. The Independent reports PSG have made Rashford their top transfer target.

- Staying in Paris and talk about Neymar's future continues. Mundo Deportivo says Neymar still wants a return to Barcelona, who are reportedly set to raise funds by selling numerous players. Sport says they are prepared to sell Samuel Umtiti amid interest from Lazio, Napoli, Roma and Torino.

- Jan Vertonghen is coming out of contract at Tottenham and appears set to leave the club. The Telegraph reports the defender has emerged as a target for Manchester City.

- Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma's contract expires in 2021. CalcioMercato reports renewing the shot-stopper's deal is becoming a priority for Milan, who are set to extend his contract until 2023.

- Former Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, 34, is a free agent after leaving Qatari club Al-Duhail. According to CalcioMercato, Inter are yet to make a strong move for the Croatian amid reported interest.

- As they look to raise funds, Manchester United are open to selling six players. The Telegraph reports Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot are considered dispensable.

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