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Usain Bolt criticises van Gaal's tactics and Mata's height

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Usain Bolt finally ruled out a move to Manchester United earlier this week, and now he's had a pop at manager Louis van Gaal.

Bolt, who has joked about appearing for Manchester United in the past, is not shy to voice his opinion on the Old Trafford club, a team he supports.

He was good pals with Sir Alex Ferguson, but that relationship has not continued with Van Gaal and Bolt is not a fan of the Dutchman so far.

"From listening to the way he is, it doesn't sound like he's a guy you can talk to," Bolt told the Daily Mail.

"For me, with teams…if you are going to implement a style I think you first have to work out if a team can handle it. I don't think this passing method that he has is ever going to work for Manchester United. Unless he changes all the players.

"He is trying to break down teams with this passing game, but United is not that team. If we had Giggs and Scholes still both in the middle, then it could be good.

"Mata is good but he's too small. Rooney's good but he plays a bit slow, and as a midfielder you've got to really move quickly. Like Hazard or some of the players for Arsenal."

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Manchester United have been picking up results in recent weeks, a 3-1 win over Burnley in mid-week keeps them well in the race for a Champions League qualification spot, but Van Gaal has been heavily criticised for the club's style of play.

Former players like Paul Scholes have been vocal in their displeasure with the possession based philosophy, and Van Gaal was unhappy with Sam Allardyce's recent accusation of 'long-ball' tactics following United's 1-1 draw at Upton Park last weekend.

He produced a 'dossier' attempting to prove that West Ham played more long balls than United.

Is he right?

Well, Van Gaal was clearly rattled by Allardyce's criticism, and it certainly is fashionable to question the Dutchman at the moment. You cannot question his record though, and for that reason alone, Van Gaal deserves time to implement his style.

You cannot expect players to pick it up in a matter of months, so Manchester United fans need to wait until Van Gaal has had a chance to get rid of the players he does not value and bring in ones he does.

Until then, any criticism is premature.

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