Fri, September 20, 2013

Will Olympic legend Usain Bolt join Manchester United?

By QMI Agency


If Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson called offering a tryout, sprint star (and soccer fan) Usain Bolt says he would definitely listen. (REUTERS)

Usain Bolt wants to take his talent from the Olympic track to Old Trafford.

The sprinting legend, who just won the 100-metre dash for the second-straight Games, swears he’s now setting his sights on joining the legendary Manchester United soccer club.

“People think I am joking, but if (manager) Alex Ferguson called me up and said: ‘OK, let’s do this. Let’s have a trial,’ it would be impossible for me to say no,” Bolt, 25, told Britain’s The Sun newspaper.

“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. I would be the fastest player on the team, but I can play as well.”

Though such a transition would be rare, he certainly wouldn’t be the first track star to use his speed to enter another sport.

Herb Washington, for one, won an NCAA title as a sprinter at Michigan State University. Despite a lack of baseball experience, he later joined the Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics in 1974 and played more than 100 games as a pinch runner — never taking a single at-bat.

He was on the World Series-winning Athletics team in 1974 and was released the next season.