Usain Bolt set to make his football debut with Manchester United
Sprint legend Usain Bolt is set to play for Manchester United after retiring from athletics following the World Championships.
Bolt is set to feature in a United legends match against Barcelona legends which is set to take place on September 2. However, there is a problem.
Bolt suffered a hamstring injury in his farewell race on Sunday, when he was competing in the 4×100 metre race category for his country. Hence, the 30-year-old has got only little under three weeks to be match fit.
A lifelong United fan, Bolt has previously expressed his desire to pursue a career in football after retiring from athletics.
A source close to an international newspaper said, “This has been his dream for many years. He’s desperate to do it as long as he can get over the injury.”
Former United captain Bryan Robson will manage the home team, which will also feature ex-players including Champions League winners Andy Cole, Edwin van der Sar, Paul Scholes, Jesper Blomqvist, Denis Irwin, Ronny Johnsen, Dwight Yorke, Phil Neville and Kerala Blaster’s latest acquisition Wes Brown. Other former Red Devils stars will include Louis Saha, Mikaël Silvestre, Quinton Fortune and Dion Dublin.
On a previous trip to Old Trafford back in 2012 Bolt was presented with a United shirt with ‘Bolt 9.63’ on the back. The number 9.63 being the time in seconds it took him to claim the gold medal in the 100 metre final at the Olympics in 2012.
Earlier this year Bolt suggested with some work he could make it at the top in football.
Usian Bolt said:
“At any level, I just want to see if I’d be any good, because I play football all the time with my friends and I think I’m at a good level.”, if I train and put some good work in I think I could be pretty good.
I’m not gonna say I’m going to be the best footballer in the world. But I’d be at a good level, I’d say. Maybe Wayne Rooney level.”
The Jamaican legend is also scheduled to train with Borussia Dortmund later this year.