Marcus Rashford cut from 80/1 into second favourite for Sports Personality of the Year

Marcus Rashford cut from 80/1 into second favourite for Sports Personality of the Year

The Manchester United star has been hailed for his efforts to fight child poverty.

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford has been cut from 80/1 last week into as short as 7/2 second favourite to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.

While football has been suspended, Rashford has spent his time helping vulnerable people and specifically fighting child poverty. He’s raised £20million for distributing food in his area, alongside the charity FareShare.

Last month the 22-year-old received a High Sheriff Special Recognition Award for his contribution to charity work in the Greater Manchester area.

Today he published an open letter to the government pleading for the extension of a food voucher scheme for children.

Gary Lineker, who presents the BBC’s coverage of the award show, said Rashford would get his vote if he was allowed to.

While most sport has been suspended for many weeks, efforts outside of the usual remit have been noted by bookmakers in the Sports Personality of the Year market. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson saw his price shorten recently, while fitness coach Joe Wicks also entered the market.

Tyson Fury remains the favourite to win the award, and is odds-on in places, but a best price of 5/4.

Oddschecker spokesperson Callum Wilson: "He's certainly a role model on the pitch, but Marcus Rashford is now establishing himself as a role model off it as well.

"The Manchester United man is going above and beyond his call of duty, making a stand against child poverty, so much so that he's now been cut straight into second-favourite for SPOTY - behind fellow Mancunian Tyson Fury."