Usain Bolt has reasserted his belief that he is capable of playing for Manchester United – but he fears Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement might have hurt his prospects of signing for the Premier League champions.
The 100m world record holder has previously trained with United in 2009. And last year, he gave a come-and-get-me plea to Fergie.
Following his success in the London 2012 Olympics, he told the media that he would be in Britain for a few more days and would gladly snap-up the offer of a trial at United.
Since Ferguson is no longer in his post, the Jamaican fears that his links with the United hierarchy have been weakened.
He said: “For Alex Ferguson to retire, it was pretty hard to hear that he was going. He was a great manager, he did extremely well for Manchester United, he lead us to a lot of titles over the years.
“For me now, ah, me and Alex we are friends so now that there is a new manager I am slightly worried that it is going to be just a little bit hard for me to make the team but I think I have enough qualities to make the team.”
With Bolt turning 27 this summer, it seems likely that bookies such as BangTheBook Football Picks will be offering extremely long odds on the sprinter making a switch to football at this stage in his career.
He has long talked up his footballing prowess, but has probably left it a bit late to take up a new sport.