LONDON, England, Friday September 14, 2012 – Jamaican sprint ace and Olympic icon Usain Bolt may be a little closer to achieving his lifelong dream of playing for Britain’s famous Manchester United.
An avid supporter of the north England soccer club, 26-year-old Bolt has frequently stated his ambition to play for Sir Alex Ferguson’s Premier League team.
Now it appears that Sir Alex is ready to see what the world’s fastest man can do on the pitch.
The legendary soccer chief is reportedly contemplating offering the talented athlete a spot in a high profile charity match next year.
“He’s been to Carrington a couple of times,” Sir Alex told Inside United. “And he did help Cristiano Ronaldo with his sprinting, like he said. He took him aside one day.
“He’s a bit of a character and a big United fan. But it’s interesting he says he’d 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 up and see how he does.
“The people from these small islands, like Dwight Yorke from Trinidad & Tobago, they all play football and he probably played at school level or youth level or something like that. It’d be nice to get him up here. I think it’ll be good.”
Bolt, who recently asked Rio Ferdinand on Twitter to get him a trial, was Manchester United’s guest of honour at the team’s recent 3-2 victory over Fulham at Old Trafford.
Sporting his three gold medals from the London Olympics, he took to the pitch before kick-off to greet the crowd and was rewarded with chants of “Sign him up, Fergie, sign him up” as he struck his trademark pose for adoring fans.
He was also presented with two Manchester United jerseys imprinted with his name.