On The Pitch: Usain Bolt To Play For Manchester United In Charity Match

Bolt, the current world-record holder for the 100m and 200m sprints, has retired from athletics after a disappointing World Championships in London.

The Jamaican only managed a silver medal in the men’s 100m final after being beaten by the American Justin Gatlin, then pulled up in the 4x100m relay final with a hamstring injury and was unable to complete the race.

Should Bolt recover in time, though, the 30-year-old will appear along a host of former Manchester United players – including Edwin van der Sar, Paul Scholes, Denis Irwin, Dwight Yorke, and Phil Neville – in an all-star charity line-up managed by former United captain Bryan Robson and assistant Andrew Cole.

The match will actually be a second leg, with United having won 3-1 at the Camp Nou on June 30 via goals from Jesper Blomqvist, Karel Poborsky and a stunner from Dwight Yorke. The Barcelona side included great names as Patrick Kluivert, Rivaldo and Ronaldinho.

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