JOSHUA King admitted he had “some faith” his last-gasp January switch to Manchester United could have happened but added: “I’m going to give everything to Bournemouth as long as I’m in this club.”

The Norwegian frontman was subject of a late move from the Red Devils last month, with a bid rejected by Cherries the day before transfer deadline day.

King had previously come through the youth ranks at Old Trafford, making two senior appearances.

He also played under United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his time with the reserve set-up.

Having left United to join Blackburn in 2013, Oslo-born King linked up with Cherries in 2015 and has since gone on to become their record Premier League scorer.

And having spoken to Norwegian outlet TV 2 following Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United, King admitted he did not know how near he was to a return to his boyhood club.

He said: “How close it was I have no complete answer to. I have to watch what I say. I had some faith that it was going to happen.

“And it was a bit sensitive for me considering that I moved to England as a 16-year-old to achieve my dream and wanted to reach that goal at Manchester United.

“It did not (happen) and then I made a choice and left. When you hear that you are connected to United and a bid comes in, then the feelings you had as a 16-year-old come back to you.

“But why it did not happen, I do not know.”

King returned from a hamstring problem against the Blades to feature in his first game since December.

He came off the bench for the final 18 minutes, replacing Harry Wilson.

The striker returns to Eddie Howe’s squad with Cherries just two points above the bottom three and fighting for their top-flight status.

King added: “I’m a Bournemouth player and I really enjoy it here. But it (to go to Manchester United) had been a dream come true, I will not lie.

“But that didn’t happen and I’m going to give everything to Bournemouth as long as I’m in this club.

“The coach (Howe) was absolutely fantastic with me during those days and was very helpful with me. I have respect for how he behaved with me during the little episode.

“So I just have to keep working hard to try to help the club out of the situation we’re in now.”