Jamaican sprint king Usain Bolt has decided he no longer wants to play for Manchester United after revealing two reasons for the surprise U-turn that has ended any possibility of a future career at Old Trafford.
The 100m world record holder has previously been very vocal in his support for the Red Devils and even joked that when he retires from athletics he'd like to try and break into the Premier League giants' first-team.
It's unlikely that the fastest man on the planet was ever being completely serious about that ambition, but it seems Bolt has now lost some of the passion that formerly engrossed him in more difficult times for the club under the new tutelage of Louis van Gaal.
"I've been really thinking about it but a few things have changed my mind a little bit," he said. "The fact that [Sir] Alex Ferguson's retired and the cold weather. I'm not a fan of it.
"I did a shoot with [Sergio] Aguero. He's also a Puma ambassador. We were in the kit and it was horribly cold in Manchester so I wasn't really happy about that.
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"I actually joked that he should lose the [then upcoming] derby match but they [Manchester City] beat us, which wasn't cool."
Since Ferguson's retirement in the summer of 2013, Manchester United have been on a downward spiral, finishing in seventh place in the Premier League table during David Moyes' ill-fated 10-month spell in charge at the Theatre of Dreams.
"I don't want to play for Manchester United anymore," - Usain Bolt
Things have improved slightly under Van Gaal, but the style of football being played has drawn criticism from supporters.
The Dutchman's preference to use a 3-5-2 formation with wing-backs and his ongoing selection of club captain Wayne Rooney in a midfield position are just two reasons why there is growing aggravation among some fans.
But, with the Red Devils currently occupying third place and looking like qualifying for the Champions League again next season, the 63-year-old will continue with his stubborn-minded approach, even if it's at the expense of entertaining the people that pay so much money to watch Manchester United.
Van Gaal has already lost one high-profile follower, judging by Bolt's most recent comments. However, it's not like the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach could've done anything about that when you actually hear the two reasons why one of the world's most famous sportsmen has opted to turn his back on Manchester United.
You can listen to Usain Bolt explaining why he no longer wants to represent the Red Devils in the video above. Do you believe what he's saying is true, or do you think there are ulterior motives behind his decision? Have your say in the comment box below...
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