Manchester United: 7 times Marcus Rashford proved he's the biggest role model in football

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Marcus Rashford could never score another goal and he'd still go down in history as a national treasure. 

The Manchester United forward has had a decent start to the new season, finding the back of the net four times in all competitions.

But it's off the pitch that he's really gone above and beyond. 

The 22-year-old has been unrelenting in his mission to ensure no child goes hungry.

While he initially forced the UK government into a u-turn on their decision not to provide free school meals in the summer holidays, his plea to extend the scheme into the Christmas break was shot down by MPs in Parliament this week. 

Over four million children in Britain currently live below the poverty line, per the Daily Mail. 

Rashford has provided them with a voice, using his platform to elevate a hugely important social cause and helping millions of vulnerable people at this time of national crisis. 

And perhaps we shouldn't be surprised given the number of times he's proven himself to be an exceptional young man. 

Forcing Boris Johnson into a u-turn

In the summer, the government planned to ditch the £15-a-week vouchers available to 1.3 million children. Rashford would not give up and not only did he force concrete action, he has made food poverty a national talking point. 

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"I thank him for what he's done," the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said after reversing his decision. 

Supporting Victor Lindelof after his poor start

Rashford himself made a brilliant start to life in the United first team. The same can't be said of Victor Lindelof. In 2017, the Swede was struggling and had a horror show against Huddersfield.

Days later, in the League Cup against Swansea, the centre-back kept a clean sheet and his younger teammate went out of his way to give him some words of encouragement. 

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Volunteering at a food bank

Rashford isn't afraid to get his hands dirty either. It would be one thing tweeting about the issue, but he and his mother recently volunteered at FareShare in Greater Manchester. 

Messaging a 7-year-old fan about his school project

It's no surprise that millions of kids now look up to the United forward as an inspiration. One 7-year-old fan, Joshua, did his school project on his hero and after receiving news of it from his mum, Rashford sent a special message to the young man complimenting his handwriting. 

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Sending signed shirts to a super fan

When a fan posted a photo of three Rashford shirts, bearing the different numbers he's worn for the Red Devils, he can't have been expecting a reply from the man himself. 

He'll have been even more shocked to receive a signed shirt in the post. 

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Tweeting cafes that are giving free food to the vulnerable

The most recent, and arguably the most important act of all. After a Labour proposal to extend free school meals into the Christmas holidays was blocked, countless businesses from all over the country offered to step up and provide food to the vulnerable. 

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Rashford has spent days tweeting the location of the cafes and restaurants to ensure their gestures gained maximum exposure. 

Helping a Man Utd fan with cancer attend a game

John, a United fan from America, beat stage three cancer and wanted to fulfil his dream of attending a game at Old Trafford. His friends had raised enough money to fly him to England, and Rashford did the rest, sorting him tickets to the Brighton fixture.  

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The England international's charity work, inspired by his own struggles growing up, earned him an MBE from the Queen earlier this year.

More than that, he's inspired the nation with his caring attitude and has clearly never lost touch with his roots. 

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