Gareth Bale wouldn’t be fazed by the pressure of gracing the Old Trafford turf after spending the last two seasons performing in the pressure cooker of The Bernabeu. Indeed, Bale’s character has been tested throughout his time in Spain by a highly demanding Real Madrid crowd, who have not always been the most supportive audience for the Welsh winger. However, the former Tottenham man is sure to be a better player and a stronger person for his Spanish experience and could hit the ground running at Manchester United.
One thing Bale would bring to Louis van Gaal’s side is goals. For a wide-man his goal-scoring record over the past three seasons has been impressive to say the least. In that time, he has netted 65 goals in 136 appearances for Spurs and Real. And after Robin van Persie’s departure, Van Gaal is left with just two players who contributed a double figure goal tally last campaign (Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata). So clearly United need to add goals to their lineup and Bale would certainly fit the bill.
It’s easy to forget that Bale is still only 26 years of age and perhaps still has the best years of his career ahead of him. A player of his caliber must be playing week in week out and if Rafael Benitez leaves him out of the starting lineup once too often, the Southampton academy product will most likely feel the need to seek a new challenge at this stage in his career. What’s more, Bale would most likely jump at the chance of following in the footsteps of his boyhood idol Ryan Giggs and become United’s new Welsh left wing sensation.
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