Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has partnered with Marcus Rashford to tackle child food poverty.
The United Rashford forward received an MBE following his recent campaign, in which the government changed its mind about providing free school meals for children during the holidays.
Now the 23-year-old has said that Ferguson is ready to pledge up to £ 2 million ($ 2.6 million) to the FareShare charity that Rashford is an ambassador for.
An appeal in the Times is aimed at raising funds and Rashford revealed that Ferguson, along with billionaire Michael Moritz, will match donations up to the amount mentioned and described the news as “incredible.”
Ferguson, 78, grew up in Glasgow in difficult conditions and believes Rashford has done a great job of highlighting the difficult situation facing families in Britain.
“You have to be surprised at how many people need food,” he said in an interview with the Times.
“Marcus has opened the eyes of everyone in Britain. The work he has done has been fantastic and we are very proud of him for that.
“What Marcus has done is lead the way, people will say, ‘That boy is only 23 years old.’ People who are in their old age … should be saying, ‘I can do something.’
Rashford never played for Ferguson, making his United debut when he was 18, three years after the legendary boss retired in 2013.