'I could make a difference' – Usain Bolt wants Manchester United trial

Not content with sprinting into Olympic history by winning 100 metres gold in 9.63 seconds at London 2012, the Jamaican hero wants to get a chance with his favourite club
Sprinting icon Usain Bolt insists that he is serious about wanting a trial with Manchester United.

The 25-year-old Jamaican, the fastest man in history, dashed into sporting legend on Sunday by defending his Olympic 100 metres title at London in a Games record of 9.63 seconds.

But, as a passionate Red Devils fan who has met up with the team and manager Sir Alex Ferguson before, he is hoping that his running glory might prompt his dream career change.

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"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 Sun.

"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," added the gold medallist, who will seek to retain his 200m crown in Thursday’s final. "If Alex Ferguson wants to give me a call he knows where I am."

A spokesman for the Premier League club amusingly observed to the paper: "As the fastest man on Earth he would undoubtedly add speed to the team."

Bolt has expressed his desire to play football before, declaring in 2011: "I definitely want to see what I could do. I think I could step up to the [Wayne] Rooneys."

The sprinter's declaration caught the attention of United defender Rio Ferdinand, who wrote to the Jamaican on Twitter: "If you want that trial at Man Utd shout me, I'll speak to the boss! Well done in the 100m, waiting for you to smash the 200m now!"

"After the Olympics [we'll] work on that," a laughing Bolt replied.