Usain Bolt Eyes Tryout with Manchester United
Usain Bolt, the fastest man on the planet, wants to bring his lightning-quick speed to the Manchester United.
"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 British newspaper Sun 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."
The Jamaican Bolt recently captured the 100-meter gold with a time of 9.63 seconds and advanced to the 200-meter semifinals Tuesday with a qualifying time of 20.39.
"I would be the fastest player in the team -- but I can play as well," Bolt said. "I am in Britain for a few more days. If Alex Ferguson wants to give me a call, he knows where I am. I definitely want to see what I could do. I think I could step up to the Rooneys."
A United spokesman told the Sun: "As the fastest man on Earth, he would undoubtedly add speed to the team."
United star Rio Ferdinand said he is willing to help Bolt achieve his dream. The two exchanged tweets Tuesday about the possibility.
"if you want that trial at Man Utd shout me, I'll speak to the boss!! Well done in 100m, waiting for you to smash the 200m now!" Rio Ferdinand tweeted to Bolt.
"After the Olympics we work on that...lol..thanks man," Bolt replied.
"Rio's going to set the meeting up and I'm going to talk to Sir Alex," Bolt later told BBC 5 Live.
The 6-foot-5 Jamaican first met United coach Alex Ferguson and the team when he visited Manchester in 2009 to take part in a 150-meter sprint through the city streets.
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