Marcus Rashford has become a national hero in recent weeks for his efforts in trying to provide free school meals for disadvantaged children in the UK.
His actions have been near-universally praised but some might have worried if his off-field antics might have distracted him from those on it.
Based on last night’s display, that does not seem to be the case.
Rashford scored a hat-trick after coming on as a substitute as the Red Devils thumped RB Leipzig 5-0 in a performance which has even seen him gain some respect from a rival at Leeds United.
Leeds United and Manchester United have a Yorkshire-Lancashire derby that has rumbled on for decades but in recent years it has rarely been played out.
This season, with Leeds back in the Premier League, these two old foes will once again clash.
But that does not mean a Leeds United player won’t respect Rashford for what he is doing on and off the pitch.
Mateusz Klich, Leeds United’s penalty taker, was impressed by another selfless act from the England international last night. Sitting on two goals, Rashford allowed Anthony Martial to take a penalty after the Frenchman had been felled in front of goal. Martial duly dispatched the spot-kick before Rashford eventually smashed home his third regardless.
Leeds United’s popular Polish international clearly respected the move from Rashford.
Team player Marcus Rashford #respect
— Mateusz Klich (@Cli5hy) October 28, 2020
Leeds have already shown solidarity with the Manchester United star this month, the players themselves pledging money to the cause Rashford feels so strongly about.
However, when Leeds and their old rivals meet for the first time in Premier League football for a generation five days before Christmas, any goodwill will be put on pause for 90 minutes.