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Usain Bolt and Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson were both captured together in the stands of Old Trafford for United’s 2-1 win over Villarreal on Wednesday – with the Jamaican superstar admitting he thanked Ferguson for bringing matchwinner Cristiano Ronaldo back to the club.

Bolt, 35, is widely regarded as the greatest sprinter of all-time – holding the world records for the 100 metre, 200 metre and 4×100 metre relay sprints.

Having burst onto the scene at the 2008 Olympic Games, Bolt stole the hearts of the world as he set a precedent for sprinters of the future to match.

Football has never been his sport, but an athlete as quick as Bolt could excel in many areas – and his love for the Red Devils is very much prominent.

His devotion to United has been heavily publicised, with the eight-time Olympic gold medalist having been a spectator in the 2011 UEFA Champions League final – in which Ferguson managed United.

And his attendance at Old Trafford last night proved as such, as he was one of the lucky few to witness Cristiano Ronaldo’s 94th-minute winner to send the Theatre of Dreams into pandemonium.

Alongside him was Ferguson, who Bolt tried to tempt to give him a trial with the club.

And the Jamaican chatted to the legendary Scot at the match, thanking Ferguson for his role in bringing Ronaldo back to the club this summer.

“He [Ronaldo] helped to build the club and it was wonderful when he was here, the energy, so I’m happy he’s back,” Bolt told Manchester Evening News.

“I just saw Alex Ferguson inside and I thanked him for bringing Cristiano back, so I’m happy about it.”

“I’m happy to be here, I haven’t been back to Old Trafford in a while, so I’m just happy to be here in the stands with everybody to watch the game.”


Ferguson notably had a huge role in re-signing Ronaldo over the summer after playing a huge role in his early development.

“A lot of people played their part, and I contributed knowing that, really, Cristiano wanted to come here. That was important,” Ferguson said.

“It worked very well.

“It’s certainly a moment full of excitement and also a sense of relief. A lot of relief because I couldn’t imagine him playing for Manchester City, I don’t think anyone could.”

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