Marcus Rashford on MBE: "When I was younger it wasn't like a dream of mine to have that status and growing up it wasn't somet...
Marcus Rashford on MBE: "When I was younger it wasn't like a dream of mine to have that status and growing up it wasn't something that I expected to achieve"; watch Rashford's full interview with Tubes on Soccer AM on Boxing Day at 10:30am
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford says being awarded an MBE will not change him.
Rashford was rewarded in October for services to vulnerable children in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.
The 23-year-old England international successfully lobbied the Government into a U-turn over its free school meals policy during lockdown, ensuring children in need would receive meals across the summer.
Rashford has since formed a child food poverty task force, linking up with some of the nation's biggest supermarkets and food brands.
In an exclusive interview with Soccer AM Rashford admitted he never thought he would get an MBE.
"When I was younger it wasn't like a dream of mine to have that status and growing up it wasn't something that I expected to achieve.
|Rashford praised the support of family, friends and the country|
"It's something that I take in my stride and I'll just make sure it doesn't change me as a person and who I am.
"I definitely appreciate it but it wouldn't have happened without the support team that I have behind me.
"My family, my friends and just the country in general really - the support that they have shown over the past year.
"I know in football it's so difficult to put aside rivalries. But in a time where people needed it most, the public and the country have done that. It's great credit to them."
Rashford says he is not sure when he will go to Buckingham Palace next year.
"I don't know. Presuming when Covid is sorted. It will definitely be a moment I'll remember forever. Who doesn't want to meet the Queen?"
Soccer AM's Tubes asked him if the Queen would recognise the striker.
He replied: "Hopefully! It will be a nice day."
Manchester United will have to be taken seriously as Liverpool's main Premier League title rivals if they emerge from their visit to Leicester with another away win, according to Paul Merson.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's position came under scrutiny in November following defeats by Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir, and his side's early Champions League elimination intensified the pressure surrounding his job.
But United moved up to third in the Premier League following a chaotic 6-2 win over Leeds last weekend, and Merson believes a seventh successive victory this season away from Old Trafford on Boxing Day would represent a landmark result.
"If United go and win at Leicester, this would be a bigger statement than beating Leeds 6-2," Merson told Sky Sports. "If they can come away with a win, I would think 'wow'. It would turn my head and if they win they would be Liverpool's main rivals.