Manchester United: Usain Bolt to Play in Charity Match for Red Devils?

Ryan Day@theryanedwardCorrespondent ISeptember 5, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  Jamaican Athlete Usain Bolt poses with a United shirt prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Fulham at Old Trafford on August 25, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Usain Bolt wasn't kidding—the world's fastest man wants to play for Manchester United.

Red Devils manager Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly intrigued, to say the least.

According to the Washington Post, Ferguson was quoted as saying Bolt's interest in playing with the lads at Old Trafford has caused him to seriously consider giving the world-class sprinter a tryout and possibly an opportunity in a match:

“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.”

The 26-year-old Olympian has earned the nickname "Lightning Bolt" due to his blazing fast speed. He holds the world record for the 100-meter dash (9.58 seconds), the 200-meter dash (19.19 seconds) and is the first athlete to win six Olympic gold medals, earning him the self-proclaimed title of "The most naturally gifted athlete the world has ever seen" (according to Bolt's official Twitter bio).

“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.”

Bolt has said he grew up playing football as a boy, but has no professional experience with any club. He has spent time at Manchester United's training pitch, he's given Cristiano Ronaldo running tips and he loves the sport.

An appearance in a charity match doesn't sound too far off, does it?