Usain Bolt: Manchester United Must Give Olympic Superstar Tryout

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica looks on after competing in the Men's 200m Round 1 Heats on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
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Usain Bolt is one of the best and most arrogant athletes in the world today. He is currently in the midst of dominating the London Games, but that doesn't mean he isn't thinking about what comes next.

Specifically, Bolt is looking at taking his talents to the world of fútbol. At least that is what he told The Sun in an interview that ran on Tuesday:

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.

For Manchester United, there are obvious reasons not to engage Bolt for a tryout. It would be perceived as a sideshow or a cheap marketing ploy that will only be used to sell tickets, advertisements and the like.

But is that really such a bad thing? It happens in sports all the time, so why wouldn't Manchester United want to give Bolt a shot? It's not like the club would have to invest a lot of money just to give him a trial run. The exposure would be unlike anything we have ever seen, thanks to Bolt's and Manchester United's worldwide popularity.

Looking at this strictly from a public relations standpoint, there is no good reason for Sir Alex Ferguson not to at least be intrigued by the offer.

I can't speak to what it would be like from a competition standpoint because I have no idea what kind of player Bolt is. No one does. We know he is incredibly fast, to put it mildly.

If Bolt dedicates himself to the sport and is serious about wanting to do it, he could be very good. That may be a lot of questions and "what ifs" for anyone to figure out, but Manchester United should have no problem taking a look.