September 5, 2012 - 13:18 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to grant Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt his ultimate wish and play him for Manchester United - against Real Madrid, according to Daily Mail.
The 25-year-old stormed to double gold in the 100m and 200m at the London 2012 Olympics in August and immediately begged Old Trafford boss Ferguson for a trial.
Ferguson responded by inviting the four-time Olympic gold medalist to United's 3-2 victory over Fulham last month and spent time talking to Bolt after the game, introducing to the rest of the team including new signing Robin van Persie and veteran Ryan Giggs.
Bolt - who clocked a winning 100m time of 9.63 seconds at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford - again begged Ferguson to take his request for a trial seriously and now it seems the 70-year-old Scot has.
Speaking to the club's Inside United magazine, Ferguson revealed he wants to play him in the annual charity match against Real Madrid legends where he will run the rule over his abilities.
“Usain’s a character and a big United fan,” Ferguson told Inside United. “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.”
Speaking after his success at the Games, Bolt said of his lifelong ambition to play for United: “People think I am joking. But if Alex Ferguson called me up and said, ‘OK let’s do this, come and have a trial’, it would be impossible for me to say no. I would not take up the challenge if I didn’t think I was good enough. I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference.”
Ferguson also added how was swept up in Olympic fever - and admitted he'd even cashed-in on Bolt's incredible triumphs. “I must thank him because that was my biggest bet. Bolt was 4/5 to win each of them a week before the Olympics started. It was a brilliant bet. I watched all the Olympics. For us to get 29 gold medals was terrific. It was probably the most uplifting thing that’s happened in Britain for a long, long time.”