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Bolt losing passion for Man U as van Gaal's tenure drags on

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2016 | 1:09 PMShane Fairman
Sprint mega-star Usain Bolt

Sprint mega-star Usain Bolt, who considers himself a life-long Manchester United fan, and who previously expressed a desire to play for his favourite Barclays English Premier League team after retiring from athletics, says his passion for the club is disappearing as the tenure of current dutch manager Louis van Gaal drags on.

Twenty-nine-year-old Bolt, who has dominated world sprinting with individual world records in the 100m (9.58), 200m (19.19), has announced plans to hang up his illustrious running shoes at the end of this year’s Olympic in Rio, Brazil.

Bolt was responding to a reporter following his sixth RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the Year award win at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, last Friday night.

“Well looking at how (Louis) van Gaal is. I don’t think I would ever want to be coached by van Gaal so I think I will put that on pause until we get a new coach,” the Manchester club.

Bolt explained to Andy Goldstein's Celebrity Reds on MUTV in November “how he once discussed the idea of a trial with former boss Sir Alex Ferguson”.

The now 74-year-old Ferguson retired as Manchester United's most successful manager in 2013 after 25 years in charge at the club.

Meanwhile, current coach van Gaal led the Netherlands to a third-place finish at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, prior to his appointment to Manchester United.

In his first season, van Gaal led United to fourth place in the UEFA Champions League football, but were eliminated.

They are currently fifth in the league, with the much-criticised Dutch manager linked with the exit door following another topsy-turvy season for the Manchester–based team.