No, we’re not joking.
The World’s Fastest Man wants to try his hand at another sport, and play for Premier League legends Manchester United, according to comments the Olympic Gold Medalist gave to The Sun this week.
“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.
“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 in the team — but I can play as well.”
“I am in Britain for a few more days. If Alex Ferguson wants to give me a call he knows where I am.”
Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand would be more than happy to welcome the short distance sprint king to Old Trafford. Speaking on micro social-networking site Twitter, he said:
“If you want that trial at Man Utd shout me, I’ll speak to the boss!! Well done in 100m.”
He even suggested a position for him:
“We’ll put you upfront, just run behind defences + scholes will find you but #CanYouFinish”
Usain Bolt ran the 100m in a remarkable 9.63 seconds on Sunday night in perhaps the highlight of this summer’s games which was watched by a record breaking 20 million people in the UK. Yesterday’s overnight ratings showed 19.4 million people watched the sprint on BBC1 and over 600,000 more turned in on the “red button” – which resulted in the UK’s biggest ever Olympics audience.
There is no doubt that such pace would give Premier League defenders a daunting task next season. He has involved himself with last seasons Premier League runners up in the past, giving sprint training to former Red Devil Cristiano Ronaldo during pre-season at United a few years ago.
‘I wouldn’t take up the challenge if I didn’t think I was good enough. I’m a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference. I’d be the fastest player, but I can play as well.
‘I feel that I really helped Cristiano Ronaldo become a more complete player.’
Fergie, sign him up.