London: Usain Bolt, the Olympic 100m and 200m champion, could get his chance to impress Sir Alex Ferguson in Manchester United’s annual charity clash next year, while claims that the club made a late £38 million bid for Neymar have been denied.
Bolt recently made an appearance at Old Trafford before United’s 3-2 win over Fulham and told the crowd to ask Ferguson to give him a trial. Now, it looks as though Bolt may get his chance.
“Usain’s a character and a big United fan,” Ferguson said. “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,” Ferguson said.
Bolt, 26, won gold medals in the 100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay for Jamaica in the London and Beijing Olympics. With the Rio Olympics four years away, Bolt has some time on his hands.
A United fan, he has visited the team’s Carrington training ground and offered former player Cristiano Ronaldo running tips. Ronaldo has been a bit sad of late. Perhaps that would help him shake off his sadness.
The Jamiacan has always maintained that his ambition to play for United is sincere and stated that the possibility of a trial would be too good to turn down.
“I would not take up the challenge if I didn’t think I was good enough,” he said recently. “I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference.
“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.”
Meanwhile, reports that Ferguson made a late bid for Brazilian striker Neymar have been denied by his club, Santos. Neymar has been a long-term target for Real Madrid over the last two seasons, but Santos football director Felipe Faro denied that there had been any bid from Manchester United.
“I have no idea where that came from, but it’s not true,” he said speaking to Globo Esporte. Neymar’s father also discussed the draining speculation: “Neymar was sold two years ago but we are still here.”
He added: “He is ready to play football. We talked a lot and the fields are the same worldwide. Of course he needs to develop. We made the choice that he will mature in Brazil.”
“He will inevitably go to Europe someday, but for now he is happy in Brazil.”