Usain Bolt explains why he started supporting Manchester United

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Gone are the days that football fans support their local team.

With the Premier League riches and the lure of supporting a side that wins trophies regularly, you won’t find too many people willing to support the League Two club down the road when they can watch the likes of Manchester United every week on TV and cheer them on.

While there are many people that support United thanks to their dominance of English football during the 90s, there’s one man that supports them for a different reason entirely.

Usain Bolt is probably one of the most high-profile United fans in the world and is often seen cheering on the Red Devils on social media. The Jamaican sprinter has also tried to convince managers past and present that he’s good enough to pull on the Red Devils’ strip and represent the team he supports - although none of them have taken him up on that particular offer.

So, why does Bolt support United?

Well, he puts it down to one player in particular.

During the noughties, the Old Trafford squad was packed full of stars. Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs… the list is endless. But it was a goalscorer that caught Bolt’s attention and made him become a United fan.

“Van Nistelrooy played for them. I was like, ‘I like this guy. He’s cool. He’s very good.’ And I just started supporting him,” Bolt explained, per the Mirror.

'Why Van Nistelrooy?' Some people may be asking.

Well, the Dutchman scored an incredible 150 goals in 219 appearances for the club, winning a Premier League and an FA Cup during that time.

Also, long before Jamie Vardy came along, Van Nistelrooy set a record of scoring in 10 consecutive Premier League matches - a feat that no longer stands thanks to the Leicester striker.

But Bolt is just glad than Van Nistelrooy was signed from PSV by United, rather than a lesser Premier League side or else he would have ended up supporting them.

“The funny part about it is that it could’ve been any team,” Bolt joked.

“It could have been Sunderland. It could have been Newcastle.”

But it seems that as soon as Van Nistelrooy left Old Trafford for Real Madrid in 2006, Bolt’s allegiances changed from Manchester to Madrid.

He was quoted as saying: "Ruud van Nistelrooy is my favourite soccer player and therefore I supported him in Manchester, but now his club is Real Madrid and they're now my favourites because he is here,” when the forward signed for Los Blancos.

So, it seems that Bolt just supports Van Nistelrooy, rather than United.

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