Maybe I was too hasty last month when I wrote off Usain Bolt’s chances of playing for Manchester United . . . because the hot news from Old Trafford is that Sir Alex Ferguson is lining up the world’s fastest man to pull on the famous red shirt against Real Madrid.

To be fair, I was talking about Bolt’s chances of playing for the Reds in the Premier League. And Sir Alex is only suggesting a charity match appearance when Manchester United Legends play Real Madrid Legends again next summer.

But there is no doubt The Boss can see the benefits of The Bolt teaming up with the United squad on a more regular basis.

As Sir Alex told MUTV, the Jamaican has already given some tips to players in training at Carrington “and he did help Cristiano Ronaldo wiith his sprinting” when “he took him aside one day.”

A huge fan and a guest of honour at the season’s opening win against Fulham when he paraded his medals, Bolt has made no secret of his desire to play for United. He has even engaged in banter with Rio Ferdinand and Wayne Rooney on twitter about getting signed up.

What is now clear is that Sir Alex is a huge fan and the pair clearly enjoyed each other’s company when they chatted behind the scenes at Old Trafford after the Fulham match. Fergie was able to thank him personally for enabling him to cash in on his triple gold medal haul.

“I must thank him because that was my biggest bet,” said Sir Alex.


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