Gareth Bale once looked close to a move to Manchester United, now could he be their salvation?
Before his move to Real Madrid, Gareth Bale was heavily linked to an Old Trafford move. However, he went on to make a world-record move to the Spanish giants, winning four Champions League titles in Madrid.
However, now, the Welsh wizard looks like he might be on his way out of Madrid. Despite spending a season on the sidelines, he is still ridiculously talented.
His link with Manchester United is not a surprising one. His well-publicised fall out with Zinedine Zidane combined with their stalling pursuit of Jadon Sancho is the perfect combination for a move.
United is one of the few teams who will be able to cover his wages as well. On a reported £350,000 per week, these have been the major stumbling block to a move previously. However, now Real Madrid is reportedly ready to pay half his salary to help speed up an exit for Bale.
He’d also be a more natural fit for the right side of Manchester United’s attack than Jadon Sanco. Adept at drifting off the right-wing, or playing wide on the left, he still has remarkable pace and a lethal long-range strike.
Another bonus for bringing him in? His ability to deliver when his teams need him. The hat-trick for Spurs at the San Siro, his sprint and finish against Barcelona, the brace against Liverpool in the Champions League final. Gareth Bale delivers in the big moments.
Manchester United on the other hand have failed to deliver in the big moments recently. Three semi final losses last season has been hugely frustrating for fans of the Red Devils. Bale would provide that experience and quality in those crucial moments. There are of course, issues for a move for Bale outside of finances.
The Welshman has made only 16 appearances in La Liga this season, scoring two goals and providing two assists. His performances have dropped with a lack of consistent playing time, so he may show some ring rust. However, his performances for his national team have shown that given the opportunity he can still make the difference in attack.