KEY POINTS

  • Sir Alex Ferguson was moved by Marcus Rashford's humility
  • Ferguson said Rashford should be the one giving him advice
  • The former Manchester United manager believes money and fame haven't changed the 23-year-old

Sir Alex Ferguson wants to learn from one Manchester United star who has been actively involved in fighting child poverty in the U.K.

The former Man United manager is set to donate £2 million ($2.6 million) to FareShare, a charity organization that has Marcus Rashford as an ambassador. Despite his generous donation, Ferguson insisted that he should be taking cues from Rashford, who was awarded an MBE for services to vulnerable children in Britain during the coronavirus pandemic

“He [Rashford] should be giving me some advice because what he’s doing at 23 is fantastic for a young person,” Ferguson told The Times U.K. “I’ve no need to tell Marcus because I think there’s humility in the way he lives his life. His feet are on the ground.”

“What Marcus has done is he’s led the way – people will say, ‘That boy he’s only 23 years of age’. People who are in their later ages. should be saying, ‘I can do something,’” he added.

Having managed one of the most successful clubs in soccer, Ferguson is well aware of how fame and money can change people. The 78-year-old said Rashford has been doing a great job in using his success the right way.

“These are great qualities to carry you through life,” the renowned manager pointed out. “Football hasn’t changed him. There is a danger in football that it can change people, money can change people, stardom can change people. Getting a celebrity position in life can sometimes be a problem because not everyone can carry success well. And at the moment Marcus is doing that very, very well.”

Sir Alex Ferguson Sir Alex Ferguson will lead Manchester United out for the final time at Old Trafford on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Meanwhile, Rashford’s United co-star Anthony Martial's reputation has not been as great over the past weeks.

After being sent off for violent conduct during the Red Devils’ humiliating 6-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Oct. 4, Martial put on a poor showing against West Brom Saturday. As a result, pundits have begun accusing the 24-year-old of arrogance.

“Anthony Martial thinks he’s a better player than he is. It’s as simple as that,” ESPN pundit Craig Burley said. “He’s a talent but can he carry a club of this size as a striker? You see flashes of it but when Edinson Cavani came on, he must have said to him, ‘you know you’re allowed to move and make runs?’ Because he doesn’t do enough.”

“On top of that his finishing wasn’t right,” he continued. “I think with him there’s an arrogance that it’s just going to happen, rather than make it happen, and that’s a problem.”

UK Govt changes policy after Marcus Rashford's call for free school meals for the poorest children UK Govt changes policy after Marcus Rashford's call for free school meals for the poorest children Photo: AFP / Oli SCARFF