Usain Bolt To Manchester United: Does He Deserve a Look?

Jeremy Lookabaugh Correspondent ISeptember 1, 2010

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND - JULY 08:  Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the Mens 100m during the IAAF Samsung Diamond League Athletissima meeting at the Olympic stadium on July 8, 2010 in Lausanne, Switzerland.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, wants to play professional soccer and he has sights set on playing for one of the best teams.

Bolt is one of the greatest sprinters in history, and has made it clear that he wants to play for Manchester United, his favorite professional soccer team.

He truly believes he has the skill to play against the top soccer players in the world, and top soccer club league (English Premier League).

Bolt spoke about the possibility of playing for Man U in his autobiography set to be released on Thursday.

"Ideally, if I was to play football, I'd sign for my favorite team Manchester United," said Bolt. "People say it's not realistic, but nobody has ever seen me play so you never know. If Manchester United Coach Alex Ferguson saw me in one of those charity matches he might think I could replace United midfielder Ryan Giggs."

Manchester United is the joint most successful club in the history of English football, tied with Liverpool. Bolt is a competitor and seems to win just about anything and everything he pursues.

Should They Give Him a Shot?

The three-time Olympic gold medalist is certain he can excel at the professional soccer level. But having the natural talent to run and run fast, and using that speed in an actual soccer game, are completely different.

It is crucial in soccer to be able to control the ball and have some tremendous touch. Bolt is obviously blazing fast, but soccer speed and actual speed are not the same thing.

Bolt could play in a smaller league for a less recognized club team, but not Manchester United.

He is also right in saying that nobody has seen how good he really is, but that does not mean the best club team in the world should find out for themselves.

If Manchester United gives Bolt a tryout, then anybody who is fast will think they can play another sport. It is an outrage to think that Bolt can play against some of the best players in the world and produce on a nightly basis.

Unless United wants to acquire Bolt to attract fans and exposure, which they obviously do not need being the most popular soccer club in the world, then there is no reason to sign him.