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Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 09/05/2012

Usain Bolt could get a chance with Manchester United


Usain Bolt knows his way around Old Trafford. (PHIL NOBLE / Reuters)
Usain Bolt is serious. Sir Alex Ferguson is intrigued.

So there’s a chance that the world’s fastest Manchester United fan plays for his team, if only briefly.

“It's interesting he says he'd like to play in a charity game,” Ferguson told Inside United, the club's magazine. “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.”

Bolt, 26, won gold medals in the 100, 200, and 4x100 relay competing 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 this would perk him up.

“He's a bit of a character and a big United fan,” Ferguson said. “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.”

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