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Usain Bolt to get tryout with Manchester United As He Presses On For A New Sport Height

By Austin Amuzie - Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Usain Bolt will finally get the chance to fulfill one of his sporting dreams after being given a "trial" with English Premier League soccer club Manchester United.

Bolt discussed his love for soccer after his sensational performance in the men’s 100-meter final on Sunday, insisting he has the physical attributes to make it as a professional player.


But, as a passionate Man United fan who has met up with the team and manager Sir Alex Ferguson before, he is hoping that his running glory might prompt his dream career change.

"People think I am joking, but if Alex Ferguson called me up and said, 'OK let's do this, come and have a trial,' it would be impossible for me to say no," Bolt told the Sun on Monday. "I would not take up the challenge if I didn't think I was good enough. I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference." He added: "I would be the fastest player in the team, but I can play as well."



"I am in Britain for a few more days," said the gold medallist, who will seek to retain his 200 meters crown in Thursday’s final. "If Alex Ferguson wants to give me a call he knows where I am."

United has responded by giving him the chance to prove his talents following the Olympics, with a source telling Yahoo! Sports that the Jamaican superstar will be invited to the team’s training base in Carrington, a suburb of Manchester.

"Just like everyone else, the players are huge fans of Bolt and have massive respect for him," the source said. "We would love to have him along. After he spoke about the club after the most-watched race in the world, it makes perfect sense. "We would welcome him with open arms, and it would certainly make all the boys and the coaching staff pretty excited to meet him and see his skills. They would love to see what he has got with the ball."

United’s veteran defender Rio Ferdinand contacted Bolt through Twitter on Tuesday to offer congratulations on his Olympic record triumph in the 100 meters. "If you want that trial at Man Utd shout me," Ferdinand tweeted. "I’ll speak to the boss. Well done in 100m."

Bolt replied: "After the Olympics we work on that … lol … thanks man."

As it turns out, United’s marketing staff is already working on the trial. The primary incentive is not, perhaps surprisingly, the positive publicity that having pictures of Bolt in a United shirt would bring.

Although Bolt's blistering speed would be a major advantage in soccer, it's unlikely that without years of training he can match the skill of United's stars – though he and the squad will have fun finding out.

Bolt insists he has the ability to play at the top level, even though soccer is not his strongest sport outside track. That distinction lies with cricket, with some in Jamaica believing Bolt could have had a career as an international standard player if he had not decided to stick with sprinting.

Congrats Bolt, Hoping To See how Good you are with the Ball.


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