Fergie could call on Bolt
Olympic sprinter invited to play in charity match
Last Updated: September 5, 2012 12:43pm
Sir Alex Ferguson has offered Olympic champion Usain Bolt the chance to play for Manchester United in their annual charity match against Real Madrid legends.
A lifelong Manchester United fan, Bolt has already been to Old Trafford since his triple gold medal-winning exploits, telling the crowd ahead of last month's 3-2 win over Fulham that they needed to persuade Ferguson to sign him.
That is clearly not going to happen.
However, Ferguson has raised the possibility of Bolt fulfilling his dream in a rather different way.
"He's been to Carrington a couple of times and he did help Ronaldo with his sprinting," Ferguson told Inside United.
"He's a bit of a character and a big United fan. But it's interesting he says he would like to play in a charity game.
"It could be brilliant, and next year, when we play Real Madrid's Legends again, there could be opportunities to bring him in and see how he does."
Ferguson certainly owes Bolt a favour after he took a rather personal interest in the Jamaican's stellar performances at London 2012.
"I must thank him because that was my biggest bet," he said. "Bolt was 4/5 to win each of them, the 100m and 200m, a week before the tournament started.
"It was a brilliant bet. I couldn't believe it.
"He's the fastest man in the world and the others would have to have taken half a second off their running to beat him. He is phenomenal."