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Usain Bolt criticises Louis van Gaal for his tactics at Manchester United

Anuj Gowda
2.54K   //    19 Jan 2016, 15:05 IST
Bolt had famously talked up chances of him having a trial at Manchester United after his retirement from athletics

Jamaican athletic sensation Usain Bolt has expressed his displeasure over Manchester United’s current state of affairs and has claimed that his love for the club is waning as the tenure of Louis van Gaal drags on at Old Trafford.

Bolt has dominated world sprinting for years now with many calling him the greatest ever sprinter of all time. He is the first athlete to hold the 100m(9.58s) and 200m(19.19s) world records simultaneously since fully automatic time measurements became mandatory in 1977. Currently preparing for the Rio Olympics later this year, he has announced his retirement after the mega event which will bring curtains to one of the most celebrated careers in athletics history.

The 29-year-old nicknamed ‘Lightening Bolt’ is a self-confessed Manchester United fan. Also, he had previously expressed his desire to play for his beloved Premier League team and had discussed a possibility of getting a trial at the club during Sir Alex Ferguson’s time at the helm of the club.  

Bolt was talking to the media after he won the RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the Year award for the sixth time in his career when he made his observations on the Red Devils. When asked if he would like to train with his beloved club, he had the following to say.

"Well, looking at how Van Gaal is, I don't think I would ever want to be coached by him so I think I will put that on pause until we get a new coach," he remarked.

Bolt joins Scholes, Ferdinand in criticising Van Gaal

Usain Bolt added himself to a growing list of disgruntled United faithful who have grown to dislike United’s tactics and style of play under Dutch tactician Louis van Gaal. The Red Devils’ mostly passive, unimaginative and possession-centric football has gradually brought the Dutchman a lot of flak.

Former legends Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand are only some of the many United faithful who have expressed their qualms openly regarding the club’s performances this season. Shouts of “attack, attack” reverberating from the stands of the Theatre of Dreams is proof enough that the fans have been disenchanted with Van Gaal’s stewardship.

Van Gaal arrived at United following his successful spell with the Dutch national team where he led them to a third-place finish in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Even though he led the Red Devils back to the Champions League in his first season as the club’s manager, he has quickly lost the fans’ goodwill with the team’s uninspiring performances and tactics.

United currently sit at fifth place in the Premier League table, seven points behind leaders Arsenal and six points behind cross-town rivals Manchester City.

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