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Usain Bolt names the one Manchester United star that could beat him in 20-yard sprint

Rory O'Callaghan

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Usain Bolt names the one Manchester United star that could beat him in 20-yard sprint

Usain Bolt has named the one Manchester United player who could beat him in a sprint over 20 yards.

Bolt, 36, remains the fastest sprinter in history and holds the world record for 100m, running the race in just 9.58 seconds back in 2009.

He is also in possession of the world record for the 200m, clocking 19.19 seconds also in 2009.

After retiring from sprinting, Bolt attempted to make a switch to professional football.


He trained with Norwegian side Stromsgodset and later Central Coast Mariners, scoring twice in a friendly match for the Australian club.

Bolt was reportedly offered the chance of a pro contract in Australia but turned it down before giving up his dream of becoming a professional footballer.

He will put his boots back on this weekend, however, to take part in Soccer Aid on Sunday, where England will face a World XI.



Manchester United supporter Bolt will captain the World XI at Old Trafford.

Bolt has visited United many times down the years and has, predictably, been challenged to races by players at the club’s Carrington training base.

Speaking to Andy Goldstein and Darren Bent on talkSPORT ahead of Soccer Aid, Bolt revealed that just one United player could beat him for speed.

Bent asked him: "I read an article where you said that Rashford could beat you over 20 yards, is that correct?"


To which Bolt replied: "Yeah! Rashford is quick out the blocks, that is what he does.

"He has that burst of speed but after that, I told him, you could probably get me in 20 [yards].

"But after that, it is over!"

United fan Bolt says he has high hopes for the club moving forward after a successful first season under Erik ten Hag.


"[The season] has been positive. I wish we won the FA Cup but it is just one of those things,” he added.

"We got one trophy and we are in the top four. The way we were looking for the past couple of seasons, this is just positive moment.

"I am just happy that we have a great coach that is really getting the team together.

"Hopefully, we can get some good players to add to the team and challenge for the league because it is going to be tough."

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: Usain Bolt, Marcus Rashford, Manchester United, Football, Premier League, Soccer Aid

Rory O'Callaghan
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