‘I thanked him for bringing Cristiano back’: Olympic legend Usain Bolt reveals details of his chat with Sir Alex Ferguson after dramatic Ronaldo winner sealed victory for Man United over Villarreal
- Eight-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt watched Man United face Villarreal
- Bolt supports the club and occasionally manages to get to Old Trafford
- The Jamaican was seen on BT Sport cameras talking to Sir Alex Ferguson
- Bolt revealed the chat centered on Cristiano Ronaldo and him offering thanks
Olympic legend Usain Bolt reserved a special word of thanks for legendary former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson when he met him at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
Bolt was among the crowd as United took on Villarreal in the second Champions League group-stage match, and watched on tensely as the Red Devils looked to be on course to drop crucial points in the competition.
It was only a last-gasp intervention from Cristiano Ronaldo that saw United take maximum points from the clash, and an ecstatic Bolt has revealed he immediately sought to thank Ferguson for helping bring the club icon back.
Usain Bolt was seen by the BT Sport cameras speaking to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford, and later revealed he was thanking the legendary ex-boss for bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back
Speaking to the MEN following the match, Bolt said: ‘He [Ronaldo] helped to build the club and it was wonderful when he was here, the energy. So I’m happy he’s back.
‘I just saw Alex Ferguson inside and I thanked him for bringing Cristiano back, so I’m happy about it.’
Bolt, a self-confessed huge United fan added: ‘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.’
Ronaldo is in a rich vein of scoring form since returning to England, with the Portugal star having already hit four goals so far.
When completing his emotional return in the summer, Ronaldo made an open tribute to Ferguson’s role in the homecoming, after the iconic boss spoke with him on a phone call.
Writing a lengthy social media post Ronaldo ended his explanation with: ‘Sir Alex, this one is for you.’
Ronaldo struck the winning goal deep into added time to ensure United would win the match
Old Trafford erupted as the prodigal son dazzled on his home Champions League return
Later, speaking to MUFCTV in his first interview after re-signing for the club, Ronaldo said: ‘As everybody knows, since I signed for Manchester [United] at 18, Sir Alex Ferguson was the key,’ he told the club’s official website.
‘I remember when we played against Manchester when I was at Sporting Lisbon. For me, Sir Alex Ferguson is like a father in football.
‘He helped me a lot, he taught me many things, and in my opinion of course he had a big role because the relationship that we had, we keep in touch all the time, and he’s an unbelievable person.’