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Should Manchester United sign Gareth Bale? Explained

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Gareth Bale is on his way out of Real Madrid, with manager Zinedine Zidane claiming that they hope the Welshman “leaves soon” after the Los Blancos’ 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in Houston and United are an option.

Bale has always been in and out of the squad since his world record transfer from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, with injuries dominating most of his time in Spain, and has been linked with moves away from Spain over the last few years.

In fact, Zidane wished to get rid of him last summer, but his wonder goal in the final of the UEFA Champions League match against Liverpool changed the story, and president, Florentino Perez opted to sell Cristiano Ronaldo instead. The decision infuriated the former French international and he subsequently resigned.

However, after a dismal season, with Real Madrid finishing third in the league and bowing out of the Champions League at the round of 16 stage, Perez has agreed with Zidane that the club need a massive overhaul.

Five players have already joined Real Madrid this summer with Eden Hazard being the highlight signing, and it appears Bale’s time with the 13 times champions of Europe is finally up.

“We hope he leaves soon,” said Zinedine Zidane. “It would be best for everyone. We are working on his transfer to a new team.”

Manchester United has always had an eye for the exciting player since his time at Tottenham, but after winning both the PFA Player of the Year and PFA Young Player of the Year awards in 2013, Gareth Bale opted for a move to Spain.

Gareth Bale is a proven winner at the highest level, winning 4 UCL titles in 6 years. He also poses an attacking threat on the right wing which United need at the moment, with exciting pace and dribbling skills. Thus, he will be a great addition to the current pack at Old Trafford.

However, signing the 30-year-old might be a wrong move for the Red Devils and here, we have a look at why Man United SHOULD NOT sign the Real outcast.

1. His hefty cost and wages.

Real Madrid would demand a hefty transfer fee, reportedly around £65m. Paying this much for a player that is above 30 years of age is nearly impossible as the Reds are unwilling to pay that much for a 24-year-old Bruno Fernandes. Also, Bale would command a huge wage package that United might be even more reluctant to pay, as their gamble over Alexis Sanchez did not pay off.

2. Injuries

The Welshman gets injured consistently; a huge factor in his failure to establish himself as a first choice option in Madrid. Over his six years at Santiago Bernabeu, Bale missed 72 matches due to injury [Transfermarkt]. The Premier League is more intense; there is a higher chance of him getting even more injured, and if he would be expensive to acquire, sitting out matches is definitely not going to please the Man United board.

3. Individualism

Bale is too individualistic and a major reason for Zidane’s dislike of him is his refusal to follow tactical instructions. His agent said in the second half of last season that “Bale wants one thing, Zidane wants another”. While, he is a better option than the likes of Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial upfront, it is very unlikely that Ole Gunnar Solksjær would be pleased with this kind of attitude.

4. Effect on young players.

Signing Bale would mean that young exciting players like Daniel James, Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood would find playing chances limited at the Theatre of Dreams, and will affect their development. Daniel James and Mason Greenwood in particular have potentials to be world class players and have to get more game time at the Old Trafford to fulfill their potentials.

5. Better Options

Daniel James has been seen by most fans as the ideal player to fill the gaping right wing position at Man United, but after the three pre-season matches that Ole’s men have played, it is becoming more and more glaring that the Wales international plays better at the left wing, leaving Man United’s right wing position unfilled.

Manchester United need a right winger, but instead of gambling on a 30-year-old who is near the end of his career, why not look for better options? Each of Hakim Ziyech and Hirving Lozano would cost less than £40m and Lille’s Nicolas Pepe, despite commanding a higher transfer demand, would still be a better option than Gareth Bale at United in the long term.

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