By Mark Weasley
Multiple Olympic gold medallist, Usain Bolt is not giving up on his dream to play for Manchester United as he is close to undergoing a trial at German club, Borrusia Dortmund. The 31-year-old, who retired last year from athletics, is a self-acclaimed fan of the club, regularly watching games at Old Trafford and commenting on major club issues on his different social media platforms.
Bolt, widely regarded as the greatest sprinter of all time with eight gold medals has always stated his desire to play for Manchester United, though it has always been viewed as a publicity stunt. The Jamaican has now claimed that he has spoken to Manchester United legend, Sir Alex Ferguson about the prospect of playing for our illustrious club, and says Sir Alex told him he would get back to him.
Speaking recently, the 6ft 5in giant spoke to ExpressSport. He said, “One of my biggest dreams is to sign for Manchester United. If Dortmund say I’m good enough, I’ll crack on and train hard.
“I’ve spoken to Alex Ferguson and I told him he needs to put in a good word. He told me if I get fit and ready, he will see what he can do.” He added.
Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho has stated that he needs new players to challenge Manchester City for the title and Bolt could be the tonic the Portuguese needs. He is heading to Dortmund for a trial in March and hopes he can begin his professional career as a footballer. It would be interesting to see whether the club would pursue any move for the player even if Sir Alex puts in a good word, but all this is just seen as a publicity stunt.
He has the profile to be a good centre-back, but his pace means that he could be deployed to great effect on the flanks.