Manchester United player backed to win BBC award

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Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has backed Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford to be awarded the Sports Personality of the Year award for his charity works on alleviating child food poverty.

BBC rules state that the award should be given on the basis of “sporting achievements”, and Rashford’s fight against eliminating child food poverty in the UK doesn’t fit that criteria.

However, Burnham believes the England striker has used his personality to influence and experience for the benefit of others and fully deserves the award.

He told the Daily Mail: “Marcus [Rashford] is the first sportsperson of recent times to use the full power of his personality and experience for the benefit of others.

“He has put young people who grow up feeling forgotten at the centre of the nation’s attention and given millions hope.

“I know Greater Manchester will put footballing differences aside and unite behind this campaign to make him SPOTY 2020.”