Usain Bolt Getting Manchester United Trial - a Fan's Reaction

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There is little doubt the Usain Bolt has some serious athletic gifts. That would seem pretty obvious considering the guy recently reaffirmed his title as "Fastest man in the world" by again winning the gold medal in the 100-meter dash at the 2012 London Olympics, according to ESPN.com. However, the Manchester United fan is going to get to live out his dream by getting a trial run with the Red Devils, according to Yahoo Sports.

I, like just about every United fan, am pretty excited that Bolt will be getting the chance to take the field, granted the practice field, with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Chicarito Hernandez, and Wayne Rooney. Granted, Bolt should probably stick to sprinting, according to ManUtd.com, the thought of what he could accomplish with all that speed is mind boggling. Of course, there is a big difference between running fast on a track and running down the pitch with a ball at your feet.

Usain Bolt is an impressive athlete, and he might very well be an impressive football player, but he will need years of polish before his ready to take the field with Manchester United. Of course, I could be wrong, and he could be ready to play midfield. This is more of a public relations move for United than anything else, because how much is a photo of Bolt in a red jersey worth? Probably, a lot.

Still, the squad is getting ready to begin the 2012-2013 season, and any kind of positive press will be a win for the players, coaches, and organization. While some could view Usain Bolt's Manchester United try-out as a distraction, it is really a gesture of goodwill that will give him and the club some exposure right before the season begins. Considering Manchester United will be trying to regain the championship from Manchester City, any kind of motivation will help.

So while is it easy to visualize Bolt taking a pass from Giggs and burning up the side of the pitch, those images are probably more fantasy than reality. Of course, Bolt is something of an unknown quantity in soccer. The one thing everybody seems to know is that he is fast, but fast does not necessarily translate into a top quality soccer player. I have to smile because there is always a chance that Bolt proves everybody wrong and earns himself a red jersey to match all those gold medals.

Jason Gallagher is a long-time Manchester United fan, following the performances of the Red Devils since the days of Eric Cantona and David Beckham.

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