Lacazette's poor game underlines Arsenal's issues during Arteta's rebuild - ESPN
Arsenal have made great strides under Mikel Arteta, but Sunday's 1-0 defeat vs. Leicester was a flashback to all of the Gunners' worst qualities.
Only one of Arsenal and Leicester City started with a centre-forward on the pitch, but it says a lot about Alexandre Lacazette's performance that you couldn't really tell the difference. Mikel Arteta has made considerable progress in evolving Arsenal since taking charge last December, but Sunday's 1-0 defeat was a slip back into the past as they failed to make their early dominance pay, fizzled out as an attacking force and were undone by a classic counter-attack goal. "I'm really disappointed, we had it in our hands in the first half," said Arteta to Sky Sports after the match. "They caught us with space at the back and in that moment we lost the game. "It is difficult to create spaces with 10 men behind the ball, but we should have finished the game better. When it comes to those moments, you can't give away chances at the back. The villain of the piece from the Gunners' perspective was an all-too-familiar foe: Jamie Vardy came off the bench with 30 minutes remaining, had Leicester's first shot on target all night and scored his 11th Premier League goal against Arsenal to hand the visitors a precious win. Only Wayne Rooney (12) has breached the Gunners more times in League history, and this was an archetypal example of many that have gone before: Leicester moved the ball quickly in midfield, Youri Tielemans spotted substitute Cengiz Under with a raking forward pass and the Turkey international winger teased a ball in from the right wing for Vardy to stoop and head home. There were, of course, no fans in Emirates Stadium to voice their disapproval, but one small crumb of comfort from their absence will come in the fact they have seen this all before. Vardy could hardly miss, such was the quality of Under's cross, but his clinical touch only heightened the contrast with what happened at the other end for the hosts all night long. - Bundesliga on ESPN+: Stream LIVE games and replays (U.S. only)- Serie A on ESPN+: Stream LIVE games and replays (U.S. only)- MLS on ESPN+: Stream LIVE games and replays (U.S. only) Lacazette was not the only culprit -- Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang headed over from a Kieran Tierney cross, Bukayo Saka was unable to capitalise on several dangerous moments in an otherwise promising display, and Hector Bellerin missed Arsenal's clearest opening in the second half -- but he missed the best chance in the 29th minute when somehow failing to meet another wonderful Tierney delivery with any meaningful contact inside the 6-yard box. One miss should never define a player, especially one who had a goal disallowed early on for an offside that was theoretically correct, but practically questionable. Granit Xhaka was deemed to be interfering with play as he stood in an offside position, blocking Kasper Schmeichel's view of Lacazette's glancing header from Dani Ceballos' second-minute corner. For his part, Schmeichel did not protest, punching the ball out of his net in frustration at what he thought was an early concession, yet VAR referee Paul Tierney deemed an interference the goalkeeper seemingly did not see himself. Lacazette had one goal disallowed but squandered several other chances to give Arsenal a win. It seemed fitting that Leicester snatched all three points. Will Oliver - Pool/Getty Images That said, there was a collective lack of conviction in attack from Arsenal thereafter. Given Saka's fine form and Aubameyang's talismanic status -- even though he's palpably less incisive off the right flank -- Lacazette looks most vulnerable in this team. His lack of aerial ability sometimes compromises Arsenal's effectiveness in the final third. It's a weakness not resolved by Aubameyang or Eddie Nketiah, and can cost them dearly on nights like this. Lacazette started the season in promising fashion, netting in each of Arsenal's first three games. His understanding with Aubameyang remains a compelling reason to recommend him, as is his pedigree in comparison to the relatively unproven, but promising, Nketiah. Yet it must be difficult for the 29-year-old's mind not to wander a little to what may lie ahead should he start to consistently fall short in front of goal. No doubt enthused by the chance to champion one of their own, Nketiah has a sizeable section of Arsenal fans calling for the 21-year-old to start more often, and Arteta is clearly a believer, having brought him back from an indifferent loan spell at Leeds last season to reintegrate him into the first-team group ahead of schedule. There is also the wider picture: Lacazette has entered the final two years of his current contract with no sign of the club opening talks over an extension. It's especially alarming given that how many times Arsenal have been forced into difficult decisions by players with a year remaining on their deals. This is therefore a pivotal season -- one that also ends with a European Championships, and Lacazette hasn't entirely given up hope of forcing his way back into the France setup -- and costly profligacy like this must be the exception. "Obviously, the strikers need goals. [Lacazette] started tonight, he was sharp and really aggressive in his play," Arteta said. "He had an opportunity to score that goal, and he didn't. But you have to support, give them more confidence and try to create more." This was Leicester's first away League win at Arsenal since 1973, one that perhaps also benefited from David Luiz and Saka being forced off early with injuries. (Arteta said after the match that Luiz would have a "muscular problem" assessed within the next 48 hours.) Thomas Partey, making his full League debut, looked largely unflustered, but he didn't get close enough to Tielemans for the through-ball that facilitated Leicester's winner, perhaps due to fatigue after playing against Rapid Vienna 72 hours earlier. Shkodran Mustafi, on for Luiz as a replacement, failed to track Vardy's run despite a visible instruction from Gabriel Magalhaes -- precisely the type of error that will prompt further criticism of the much-maligned centre-back. It might not have mattered, however, had Arsenal translated their earlier superiority to the scoreline.
PSG boss Tuchel Man Uniteds Cavani will succeed at club one of the best in world football - ESPN
Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel has said Edinson Cavani will be a success at Manchester United ahead of their Champions League reunion.
Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel is convinced Edinson Cavani will be a success at Manchester United. Cavani, who has yet to make his United debut, has not travelled with the squad to Paris. He missed Sunday's 4-1 victory Newcastle United following a period in isolation because of COVID-19 guidelines. - Stream FC Daily on ESPN+ The 33-year-old left PSG in the summer after seven seasons where he became the club's record scorer with 200 goals. "He wrote part of our club's history, he is definitely a great player but it's not a story about PSG versus Edi or vice versa," Tuchel told a news conference on Monday. "When he scores he has the confidence and is one of the best No. 9s in world football. Van Dijk vows to return fitter after ACL blowTuchel: Cavani will succeed at Man UtdMessi not at his best with Barca - KoemanWSL player booked twice, not sent offMou: 'Good decision' to start Bale on benchRooney angry after friend with COVID visits PSG, last season's beaten finalists, will be without Marco Verratti and Leandro Paredes for United's visit, the first time the two teams have met since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer guided his side to an unlikely 3-1 win in March 2019 to book a place in the Champions League quarterfinals. Solskjaer will be able to recall Anthony Martial despite the forward's domestic suspension but Phil Jones, Sergio Romero and Marcos Rojo will all be left at home after the trio were not included in the squad submitted to UEFA. "Our memories against Manchester, obviously we don't have very, very good memories," Tuchel added. "We had a good result at Old Trafford but in the end it wasn't a great outcome for us. "We had a very great run last season for the Champions League and now it's a challenge not to think too much about last season and two seasons. "We have to overcome these difficulties, show what we are able to do now and start this new Champions League with zero points."
Manchester United's Harry Maguire brushes off talk of club crisis - ESPN
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire diismissed talk of a crisis at the club following their win over Newcastle.
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire scored as his side came from a goal down to beat Newcastle United 4-1 away on Saturday before dismissing talk of a crisis following their slow start to the Premier League season. Maguire's team were behind after two minutes before the England defender equalised with a towering header midway through the second half and late goals from Bruno Fernandes, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Marcus Rashford secured the victory. - Stream LIVE games and replays on ESPN+ (U.S. only) Maguire and his teammates came in for plenty of criticism following their below-par performance in the 6-1 home thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur two weeks ago but the 27-year-old dismissed talk of a crisis. "It's funny, three games into the season and it seems like a big crisis. Won two, lost two. There is a long way to go, we have to improve," he told Sky Sports. "When you play for this club and get beat at home, we ask questions. We work hard in training, it is a great group and we knew we had to bounce back. I felt it would have been really harsh if we came away with just a point." The game at St James' Park looked to be heading for a draw until United's Portuguese midfielder Fernandes struck four minutes from time, with two more late strikes putting a shine on the scoreboard for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side. "It was important. Every game in the Premier League we want to be on top. Some games we will not be at our best but we have to do the basics well and in the games we lost we didn't do the basics well," Maguire said. "We are still a young team, but we won't use that as an excuse. It was disappointing to start like we had, but [it was a] big performance tonight when we needed it," he added after a tough week in which he was sent off playing for England. Maguire's manager agreed, saying Saturday's win over Newcastle is a sign that United are firing on all cylinders again. "After the last result, that made this game even bigger. Then we were 1-0 down in two minutes, that made it even more so," Solskjaer told Sky Sports. "But we showed great resilience, great character to come back, handled the setback really well and we were led by an inspirational captain. "We don't want to use it as an excuse, but we needed preseason. We wanted to get to this international break with more points than we have, but now we know our season started today, because we've come up to the speed of the game." Manchester United's second victory of the season left them in 14th place with six points from four games. Solskjaer's side next take on Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday before a home clash with Chelsea in the Premier League. "The boys have come together really well. They know we've got a tough and difficult month ahead of us and they're looking forward to every single game," Solskjaer said.
Salah scores 100th Liverpool goal in Merseyside derby vs. Everton - ESPN
Mohamed Salah scored his 100th goal for Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby against Everton at Goodison Park.
Mohamed Salah scored his 100th goal for Liverpool in the Merseyside derby against Everton at Goodison Park. Salah, who struck in the 72nd minute, is the third-fastest player in history to reach that total for Liverpool after managing it in 160 appearances. - Play English Soccer Pick 'Em with ESPN- Stream FC Daily on ESPN+- Salah, Mane, Thiago earn 8/10 in Merseyside derby Roger Hunt did it in 144, while Jack Parkinson managed it in 153. Liverpool, who were coming off the back of a shock 7-2 defeat to Aston Villa before the international break, took a third-minute lead through Sadio Mane. But, after Virgil van Dijk departed injured following a collision with Jordan Pickford, Everton got back on level terms through Michael Keane in the 19th minute. @MoSalah has now netted goals for the Reds! pic.twitter.com/kgxj2T8rEq Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 17, 2020 Salah got the visitors back in front in the final quarter of the match when he pounced on Yerry Mina's clearance and fired past Pickford. But Everton, determined not to lose their unbeaten record, got back on level terms when James Rodriguez sent Lucas Digne down the left and his perfectly floated cross was headed home by the leaping Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Richarlison was sent off in the 90th minute after a wild challenge on Thiago Alcantara. Liverpool thought they had won the game in stoppage time through Jordan Henderson but VAR ruled that Mane had been narrowly offside and the goal was chalked off.
Solskjaer takes blame for Man United's poor start: 'The spotlight should be on me' - ESPN
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will take responsibility if Manchester United's season does not turn around.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will take responsibility if Manchester United's season does not turn around. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and the Glazers, who own the club, have been criticised for their role in what was considered by supporters to be an underwhelming summer transfer window. - Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only)- Insider Notebook: Reyna, U.S. stars on Barca radar But after two defeats from three games to kick off their Premier League campaign, Solskjaer insists the buck stops with him. "The spotlight should be on me because I'm the manager and I'm responsible," Solskjaer told a news conference on Friday. TOP FOOTBALL NEWS Insider Notebook: Barca interest in U.S. starsPogba extends contract at Man UnitedKlopp: Everton are PL title challengersKoeman warns Griezmann: I'm in chargeMourinho takes aim: Wenger never beat meSolskjaer: United will stick with Maguire "I hold my hands up that you have the spotlight on me. Last season was also hard, we won two of the first nine games which was difficult. "But, if you are part of Man United as a player or staff you're used to this and you have to be mentally strong and for me this period is another chance to prove and tell the players how much we believe in them. "It's about being focused for the next game because I know they're capable of getting results and moving up the table." United's bid to bounce back will begin with a trip to Newcastle on Saturday. Solskjaer has selection decisions, particularly after revealing Harry Maguire returned from international duty with England with an injury. Maguire's place has been debated after a poor start to the season following his arrest while on holiday in Greece. His injury may keep him out of the game at St James' Park but Solskjaer insists he has never thought of dropping his captain because of poor form. play Solskjaer dropping Maguire would just 'make things worse' Steve Nicol chimes in on Harry Maguire's erratic form for club and country, but doesn't think he should be dropped. "He's adamant he's ready to play, he's a lad who doesn't want to hide, he doesn't want to hide behind a red card or a bad performance, he wants to go out there and prove himself," said Solskjaer. "I don't doubt his resilience in that respect, he's very professional so he wants to put himself ready for selection and then it's up to me to choose him or not and if I want to take him out the firing line. "I haven't considered that without him coming to knock on my door. I speak to him regularly and he's been very positive in his communication."
Harry Maguire's England and Manchester United slump is cause for concern - ESPN
Harry Maguire's issues on and off the field have given both club and country reason for pause. His red card vs. Denmark is just the latest example.
Harry Maguire's run of substandard displays stretches back longer than anyone would like, and, while his 21-month suspended prison sentence for a summer holiday incident in Mykonos overshadowed anything he has done for club and country, the depth of his on-field slump can no longer be hidden. England manager Gareth Southgate rallied behind his beleaguered defender after Wednesday's 1-0 Wembley defeat by Denmark, just as Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had done before him, and though Maguire remains in credit with both managers due to the pedigree of past performances he will test the patience of both men the longer his nadir continues. Maguire entered this international break as part of a United back four humiliated in 6-1 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur, but Southgate had insisted just a few days earlier that it was a no-brainer to recall the defender having been forced to drop him after news of his guilty verdict. - UEFA Nations League on ESPN+: Stream LIVE games and replays (U.S. only)- Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only) Maguire is appealing that conviction, but he has no grounds to do the same after a sending off that cost his team any real chance of getting a result against Denmark. The manner of this dismissal exemplifies the issues Maguire is having. The defender United were convinced to pay £80 million for would never have dived in as recklessly as Maguire did in just the fifth minute at Wembley, trying to win the ball with premature desperation as Yussuf Poulsen looked to turn close the nearside touchline. And 26 minutes later, Declan Rice played a simple pass back to Maguire just inside the Denmark half, but the centre-back miscontrolled the ball, allowing Kasper Dolberg to pounce, and in his panic to stop a counter-attack he took down his man to receive his marching orders. Intriguingly, Southgate suggested Maguire had received criticism in the form of "all sorts of stuff, some from people who should know better," and when pressed for further detail, the 50-year-old said: "I don't think it needs elaborating on. He's having a difficult period and in these periods you learn a lot about yourself, you learn a lot about other people and you learn who is there for you in those difficult times. "He'll come through it, he'll be a better player and a stronger man for it. He knows there will be criticism after this. You have to accept that. To go down to 10 men is costly for the team. But we fully back him and support him. He has been and is a top player for us." Maguire surely needs a longer rest than the one he secured for himself here. England were largely uninspiring for the final 59 minutes of this match with 10 men, conceding a harsh penalty when Kyle Walker was adjudged to have fouled Thomas Delaney, allowing Christian Eriksen to mark his 100th cap with the winning goal. In the same way that Maguire was probably never worth £80m, he is, of course, nowhere near as bad a defender as he presently appears. Under severe scrutiny and with an ongoing fight to clear his name in the courts, his play exhibits a lack of confidence and self-belief. He occupies a pivotal role for United and England, a status that will buy him more time than most -- as will his price tag -- but neither team is defending with sufficient resilience to suggest he should not be considered irreplaceable if this loss of form continues. The fixture list offers little respite. United face a difficult trip to play Newcastle United on Saturday before a daunting run of opponents: Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, RB Leipzig, Arsenal, Basaksehir and Everton across the Champions and Premier Leagues. With New Zealand having withdrawn from a proposed friendly, England's next outing will come against Belgium, licking their wounds from an unfortunate defeat at Wembley and knowing Southgate's side must win to have a chance of reaching the Nations League semifinals. Asked if he would consider resting Maguire, Southgate said: "I think knowing Harry as I do, he'll want to play football. The best place for him to be is on the pitch. He is having to deal with everybody having an opinion on what he should be doing, what he shouldn't be doing, what he is doing. "That's life as a top player. If nobody is interested in you, then life is very straightforward. If you are captain of Manchester United and a top player with England then everybody has a view, everybody has an opinion and you have to ride with that." Southgate has previously flagged how England's history underlines how moments of indiscipline have cost them dearly in tournaments -- think Wayne Rooney in 2006, David Beckham in 1998 -- and although the price was modest by comparison, Maguire's dismissal cost them top spot in Nations League Group A2. Reece James blighted a hugely promising first start by getting sent off for dissent as tempers flared after the final whistle. It therefore became the first time England have had two players sent off in one game, continuing an unwanted narrative for Southgate that, combined with coronavirus breaches involving Mason Greenwood, Phil Foden, Jadon Sancho, Ben Chilwell and Tammy Abraham, represents signs of a discipline problem. "Since I took the Under-21 job, we talked all the time about discipline because we knew in tournament history, not only had it cost us, but it cost other teams," explained Southgate. "We only ever had one red card with the Under-21s, we hadn't had any before the last few weeks with the seniors. That's something we've got to learn from because the [1-0 win] in Iceland last month was a lot more complicated going down to 10, tonight the same. "Of course, there have been things off the field which haven't been right. We've addressed them. This week has been hugely positive for the group. The senior players have led really well. The camp has had a really good feel about it. "They know they came off there having given everything and deserved more from that spell [with 10 men] and as a group internally, that stands us in good stead. Of course, externally there will be huge opinions about everything." Not least of all with Maguire.
Spain boss Luis Enrique defends Man United's De Gea amid criticism: 'Bad habit' to blame him - ESPN
Spain boss Luis Enrique defended David De Gea after the Manchester United goalkeeper put in another disappointing display in the loss to Ukraine.
Spain coach Luis Enrique has defended David De Gea after the Manchester United goalkeeper put in another disappointing display for his country in a 1-0 loss to Ukraine in the UEFA Nations League. Viktor Tsygankov's 76th minute winner on Tuesday night saw De Gea caught out of position as Spain suffered their first defeat since November 2018. - UEFA Nations League on ESPN+: Stream LIVE games and replays (U.S. only)- UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying on ESPN+: Stream LIVE games and replays (U.S. only) The visitors had dominated the game in Kiev, taking 21 shots to Ukraine's two, but were unable to take their chances before being hit on the counterattack. TOP FOOTBALL NEWS Enrique backs De Gea after another howlerUtd, Liverpool to get support over Prem planRonaldo tests positive for coronavirusFA: Prem clubs threatened to quit leagueCavani won't make Utd debut vs. NewcastleSouthgate responds to Mou's Kane criticism The performance raised more questions about Spain's lack of a reliable No. 1 -- and a natural goalscorer at the other end of the pitch -- ahead of next summer's European Championships. "You can always do more," Luis Enrique said in his postmatch news conference when asked about De Gea's responsibility for the goal. "But to blame [De Gea]... it's a bad habit, you [journalists] love doing it." "We could all do more, me first of all. When you get a cake you share it, and when you get a plate of food that's going bad, you share that too. We all could have done more, but in a game like this, if you blame De Gea, let's finish up and go home." De Gea has started all four of Spain's Nations League matches this season, while Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga was picked for a 0-0 friendly draw with Portugal last week. Editor's Picks De Gea, 29 -- who joined United from Atletico Madrid in 2011 -- has been persistently criticised in Spain for his displays with the national team, more so since a disastrous showing at the 2018 World Cup. He has kept his place, in part, due to a lack of reliable alternatives. Kepa had been viewed as De Gea's successor after his high-profile 80 million move to Chelsea in 2018 but has since struggled in England. Kepa's mistakes in Chelsea's opening Premier League games against Brighton and Liverpool saw the club sign Edouard Mendy from Rennes as a potential replacement. Despite Tuesday's defeat, Spain remain top of their Nations League Group 4 on seven points, ahead of Germany, who drew 3-3 with Switzerland.
Spain boss Enrique defends Man United De Gea amid criticism Bad habit to blame him - ESPN
Spain boss Luis Enrique defended David De Gea after the Manchester United goalkeeper put in another disappointing display in the loss to Ukraine.
Spain coach Luis Enrique has defended David De Gea after the Manchester United goalkeeper put in another disappointing display for his country in a 1-0 loss to Ukraine in the UEFA Nations League. Viktor Tsygankov's 76th minute winner on Tuesday night saw De Gea caught out of position as Spain suffered their first defeat since November 2018. - UEFA Nations League on ESPN+: Stream LIVE games and replays (U.S. only)- UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying on ESPN+: Stream LIVE games and replays (U.S. only) The visitors had dominated the game in Kiev, taking 21 shots to Ukraine's two, but were unable to take their chances before being hit on the counterattack. TOP FOOTBALL NEWS Proposal to overhaul Prem rejectedUSMNT's McKennie tests positive for COVIDCristiano Ronaldo returns to Italy to isolateJuventus awarded 3-0 win over NapoliUSMNT's Richards out for Bayern with injury The performance raised more questions about Spain's lack of a reliable No. 1 -- and a natural goalscorer at the other end of the pitch -- ahead of next summer's European Championships. "You can always do more," Luis Enrique said in his postmatch news conference when asked about De Gea's responsibility for the goal. "But to blame [De Gea]... it's a bad habit, you [journalists] love doing it." "We could all do more, me first of all. When you get a cake you share it, and when you get a plate of food that's going bad, you share that too. We all could have done more, but in a game like this, if you blame De Gea, let's finish up and go home." De Gea has started all four of Spain's Nations League matches this season, while Chelsea's Kepa Arrizabalaga was picked for a 0-0 friendly draw with Portugal last week. Editor's Picks De Gea, 29 -- who joined United from Atletico Madrid in 2011 -- has been persistently criticised in Spain for his displays with the national team, more so since a disastrous showing at the 2018 World Cup. He has kept his place, in part, due to a lack of reliable alternatives. Kepa had been viewed as De Gea's successor after his high-profile 80 million move to Chelsea in 2018 but has since struggled in England. Kepa's mistakes in Chelsea's opening Premier League games against Brighton and Liverpool saw the club sign Edouard Mendy from Rennes as a potential replacement. Despite Tuesday's defeat, Spain remain top of their Nations League Group 4 on seven points, ahead of Germany, who drew 3-3 with Switzerland.
Man United, Liverpool to discover support over Premier League 'Project Big Picture' plan - ESPN
Manchester United and Liverpool will discover the full extent of Premier League opposition to their support for Project Big Picture on Wednesday.
Manchester United and Liverpool will discover the full extent of Premier League opposition to their support for Project Big Picture on Wednesday. Senior executives from the 20 top flight clubs will meet for the first time since revelations emerged of plans to restructure the English game. - Stream LIVE games and replays on ESPN+ (U.S. only) Sources have told ESPN that the American owners of both United and Liverpool have given their full backing to plans devised by EFL chairman Rick Parry that will see the EFL's 72 clubs receive an instant £250 million bail out and 25% of future Premier League earnings in return for the top clubs having a greater control of the game. Enrique backs De Gea after another howlerUtd, Liverpool to get support over Prem planUS star Richards out of Bayern tie with injuryNeymar beats Ronaldo in Brazil goal recordFA: Prem clubs threatened to quit leagueRonaldo tests positive for coronavirus Within those plans, the "Big Six" -- United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur -- would be given greater voting rights, along with Everton, Southampton and West Ham United, as they have the longest continuous stay in the Premier League. But sources have told ESPN that the majority of Premier League clubs are against the proposals which, while giving immediate help to the lower leagues, would ultimately hand increasing powers to the "Big Six." A Premier League shareholders meeting on Wednesday will enable all clubs to voice their opinion on the proposals. And it is understood that a majority will declare their opposition to the plans.
Man United's Marcus Rashford awarded MBE for his work on children's school meals - ESPN
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford is set to be honoured by the Queen of England for his work in helping children receive school meals.
Manchester United's Marcus Rashford has been honoured by Queen Elizabeth II with an MBE for his work in helping children receive school meals during the coronavirus pandemic. MBE stands for Member of the Order of the British Empire and is an honour Britain gives its citizens for making a positive impact in their line of work. Other notable footballers who have received MBEs include Alex Scott, Harry Kane, Steven Gerrard, Ian Wright and Fara Williams. - Insider Notebook: Man United transfers special- Stream FC Daily on ESPN+ In June, Rashford won a U-turn from the government in the United Kingdom to enable more than one million school children to receive meal vouchers throughout the summer holiday. The 22-year-old, who relied on meal vouchers during his school days in Manchester, was praised by Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his "contribution to the debate around poverty." Rashford, who has also raised £20 million for charities working to combat food poverty, wrote an open letter to MPs urging a rethink after the government indicated they would stop school meal vouchers at the end of the school year. Speaking to BBC about the honour, Rashford said: "It's a nice moment for me personally but I feel like I'm still at the beginning of the journey that I set out to try to achieve. "I think what I would like to do now that I'm in this position is just speak directly to the prime minister and really ask for the vouchers to be extended until at least October half-term because I think that's what the families need. "Speaking to them and knowing how much they've been helped, and how much it's going to affect them if they don't have it, that's got to be my main focus now -- to get that message across."