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Marcus Rashford was a goalkeeper before joining Manchester United

Last updated 2 months ago | By Mirror

Manchester United's Marcus Rashford shoots at goal [REUTERS/Paul Ellis]

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford is now regarded as one of the best attacking players in the world.

But it seems he wasn’t always dreaming of scoring goals at Old Trafford.

Rashford rose through the academy at United, joining when he was just seven.

But before linking up the the Red Devils academy, the England international has revealed that he tried his hand in goal while playing for grassroots club Fletcher Moss Rangers.

A United fan from the off, Rashford admits that he idolised Tim Howard over Cristiano Ronaldo or Ryan Giggs.

"My first season [at Fletcher Moss], I went in net,” he told the Sunday Times back in 2017.

"The thrill of scoring a goal, you get that same thrill when you save a good chance.

Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, Sunday, March 20, 2016.(AP Photo/Jon Super)

"Tim Howard was my idol. I used to have a little Tim Howard shirt."

Rashford also put his hand up to don the gloves if he was ever needed.

He added: "You watch, there'll be a game... I'm going to get the gloves one day!"

More recently, the 23-year-old hit back at reports surrounding his decision to invest in property while also describing him as a "campaigning football star”.

Responding to the article, the footie star said: “Ok, so let’s address this. 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 refs to ‘campaigning’.”

Rashford has pioneered campaigns to change government ruling on free meals for vulnerable children in school holidays, and even spoke to Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently to discuss the issue.

 

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