Jamaican sprint-king Usain Bolt has long maintained, albeit with a pinch of salt, that he'll play for Manchester United one day. It would fulfil a life-long dream for the six-time Olympic gold medalist, but Louis van Gaal's dull tactics have actually put him off the idea, for now at least.

Back in 2012, shortly after lighting up the London Olympics, Bolt joked about getting himself a trial at Old Trafford while Sir Alex Ferguson was still in charge.

"People think I am joking, but if Alex Ferguson called me up and said, 'OK let's do this, come and have a trial', it would be impossible for me to say no," he said at the time.

"I would not take up the challenge if I didn't think I was good enough. I am a very accomplished player and know I could make a difference. I would be the fastest player in the team - but I can play as well."

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As recently as November, more than a year into Van Gaal's tenure, Bolt was still talking about making dream his dream a reality.

"I think if I do a trial then they would say, 'You know what, here is a contract for five years! You are 30 years old, here's a five-year contract. Let's just do it!'” he said.

But after watching his favourite team lose their way in December and play some of the dullest football that many United fans have ever witnessed, even Bolt has now lost his previously ferocious appetite to pull on the famous shirt.

Speaking to journalists at the Jamaican Sportsman of the Year this week, he said, "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."

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