Usain Bolt set for Manchester United debut against Real Madrid

The 100m Olympic champion might have the opportunity to play for the Red Devils in a friendly against the Real Madrid legends next year according to Sir Alex Ferguson
Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that the fastest man on the planet Usain Bolt could be set to make an appearance for Manchester United next season in a friendly game against Real Madrid.

Bolt urged fans to help persuade Sir Alex to sign him up for the Red Devils team when he was guest of honour during a 3-2 victory against Fulham in the Premier League earlier in the season.

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The world-record holder has been invited to United's Carrington training ground again by Sir Alex, who revealed that the sprinter previously helped Cristiano Ronaldo with his technique.

He then stated that the 100m world-record holder could be invited to represent the team in a friendly next summer.

Ferguson told Inside United magazine: "We're going to get him up. He's been here a couple of times and he did help Cristiano Ronaldo with his sprinting, like he said. He took him aside one day.

"Usain's 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."

The United manager then revealed his delight at the sprinter's performances at the London 2012 Olympics, and stated that he had put money on the Jamaican to retain his 100m and 200m gold medals.

He added: "Bolt was 4/5 to win each of them, the 100 metres and 200 metres, 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's phenomenal!"

Previously Bolt, 25, has trained with the Manchester United squad and even said that he would be willing to leave athletics for a spot in the Red Devils' team.

The game is set to be played on June 3 2013 at Old Trafford following last year's success which saw the proceeds support Real Madrid's Foundation work currently taking place in Africa.