Paul Merson: Why Real Madrid attacker would suit Man United

Paul Merson believes that Man United would be a good fit for Gareth Bale this summer

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
Paul Merson
Arsenal legend Paul Merson (Photo: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson believes that Manchester United would be a good fit for Gareth Bale if the attacker were to leave Real Madrid this summer.

The 29-year-old is widely considered as one of European football’s top attacking talents but his struggled to hold down a regular starting spot at Real Madrid have been well-documented.

The re-appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the Real Madrid manager this month has prompted fresh speculation that Bale could be on his way out of the Spanish club this summer.

It remains to be seen whether there is any truth to the reports or not, but Manchester United have been linked with a move to sign Bale in the past.

And former Arsenal man Merson seems to think that Manchester United would be the best suited club for Bale should he indeed leave Real Madrid this summer.

Writing in his column for the Daily Star, Merson said: “Gareth Bale is good enough to play for any of the Premier League’s top six if he leaves Real Madrid – but how many would actually take him?

“Manchester City and Liverpool don’t need him and for them it would be a lot of money to invest in someone of his age and with his injury record.

“But most of the clubs below them would love to take the risk if they could afford the transfer fee and wages.

“Manchester United looks like the best fit for him. They’ve tried to sign him before and it didn’t come off, but he’s always felt like their kind of player.

“They will be on a rebuild next season and there could be lots of ins and outs at Old Trafford. They are also one of the only teams who could afford him.

“It’s probably worth the gamble if you’re United. But I don’t think Gareth Bale wins you the title if you’re United. They need more than that.”

Manchester United are currently in fifth place in the Premier League table as they look to try and break back into the top four before the season is out.

They will return to top-flight action on Saturday 30 March after the international break when they host Watford at Old Trafford as they look to bounce back from the disappointment of their FA Cup exit at the hands of Wolves last weekend.

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