Three reasons Gareth Bale should consider a move to Man United
Three reasons why Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale should consider a move to Manchester United
1) The Premier League
It is quite simply the best league in the world, and Gareth Bale is one of its favourite sons who would be welcomed back with open arms. He should relish the chance to return to the most competitive and unpredictable top-flight league, and should be biting at the opportunity to help return one of its great clubs to their former glory. He would be playing under a manager who craves pace and attacking creativity, and slot into the starting 11 alongside some attacking threats as exciting as he is. Bale will have been unable to avoid reports of United’s interest in him, as well as being acutely aware that the side need a player of his exact calibre and with his exact criteria to dig themselves out of this relative rut they find themselves in. In the eyes of most neutrals, he has proven himself in La Liga with a return of 28 league goals over two seasons; not bad for a player who plays second fiddle to the best player in the world and trained as a left back for over half his career. The 26-year-old has arguably become a much more rounded professional both on-and-off the pitch while in Madrid, rounding off and balancing out his physical attributes while also having more freedom with skill. It could well be that now – not least because of Bale having a baby daughter and wanting to be closer to home – is the perfect time for Bale to return to the league that moulded him.
Bale has come in for heavy and incessant criticism in Madrid over the past 12 months, largely in part to the naïve perception that his best option is always to seek out Real goldenboy Cristiano Ronaldo. Boos have become a regular part of Bale’s Madrid life, and many reports suggest that it is starting to drown out the applause for the Welshman. Add this to the infamous footage of Bale being abused in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium and one key question arises: why should he stick around? He has the backing of new boss Rafa Benitez and seems eager to win round the minority of fans on his back, but, should he stay at the Bernabeu, this would surely be a make or break season for the Southampton academy product.
3) Real rumours
The Spanish giants are rumoured to be after Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus as a ready-made like-for-like replacement, and we already know from consistent transfer activity that the club are not afraid to offload their biggest stars should they be offered the right price. Furthermore, Bale has found competition from the somewhat unlikely source of young midfielder Isco, who is a firm fans’ favourite in Spain’s capital city. Bale would command an astronomical fee should he move on, while Isco doesn’t appear to be on the radar of many clubs. This would mean Real are willing to let Bale go with the promise of Isco filling his boots, making them a solid profit and keeping the fans happy at the same time. There are no doubts for outsiders that Bale is far from the top dog at Los Blancos, and it would surprise few if Bale were moved on due to the fact that many see him as nothing more than Ronaldo’s apprentice and thus entirely replaceable. At United there is no doubt that he would be cherished by his teammates and fans alike, and a slot is readily available for him to become the main man.