Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has criticised a report in the English media which felt the need to link his efforts to feed the country’s less-fortunate children with his property investment projects.
The 23-year-old has won hearts across the globe by twice standing up to the UK government to secure support for households across the country that are struggling to afford food during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The latest result of his determination was a pledge from the government to spend £400m over the next 12 months to support the cost of bills and food in low-income households, and Rashford has relished his position as the voice for those who come from difficult backgrounds like himself.
The Daily Mail chose to publish an article on Sunday which described Rashford as ‘campaigning’, but the article is largely about Rashford’s business ventures and his decision to invest over £2m in property in 2020.
Unsurprisingly, Rashford was less than impressed with the tone of the article and took to Twitter to express his frustrations.
“Ok, so let’s address this,” he began. “I’m 23. I came from little. I need to protect not just my future but my family’s too.
“To do that, I made a decision at the beginning of 2020 to start investing more in property. Please don’t run stories like this alongside references to ‘campaigning’.”
The story comes at the end of an ugly week which has seen Rashford’s United team-mate Mason Greenwood find his name in the headlines for a whole host of uncomfortable, unjustifiable reasons.
Reports on Greenwood’s lack of playing time at Old Trafford this season have spiralled into ridiculous criticisms of the 19-year-old’s personal life, with some going as far as to suggest he is going to throw his career away because of a tricky few weeks.
Rashford and Greenwood will be relishing the chance to get the focus back on their footballing abilities on Saturday when United face West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford after the international break.