Bale could turn Manchester United into title contenders: Scholes

Ahram Online , Friday 27 Mar 2015

Real Madrid fans attacked the footballer's car last Sunday, after their team's defeat to Barcelona

Gareth Bale
Despite two goals in his last three appearances, Gareth Bale continues to be linked with a transfer away from Real Madrid.(Photo: Reuters)

Former Manchester United star Paul Scholes has said that Gareth Bale would be an ideal fit for the Red Devils, after the Real Madrid ace was recently linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

Bale, the world's most expensive footballer, has been at the receiving end of anger from Real Madrid fans, who attacked his car last Sunday, following the team's 2-1 defeat to Barcelona.

In his column for the Independent, Scholes wrote that he is convinced former Tottenham winger Bale could lead a turnaround in Manchester United's fortunes.

"Of course, as a fan of my former club I would like to see him there but, looking at it objectively, I always felt that Bale was a natural fit for United as he developed at Tottenham from a left-back into one of the best attacking footballers in the country," Scholes wrote.

"He would be loved at Old Trafford. In return I believe he could turn Louis van Gaal's team into serious title contenders next season.

"In my years at United I witnessed some signings who, over their careers, transformed the fortunes of the team. From Eric Cantona when I was an apprentice, to Dwight Yorke, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Wayne Rooney.

"These were great footballers who became great United players. Bale has the potential to make as much of an impact as any of them."

United, who missed out on the Champions League after uncharacteristically finishing seventh in the league last season, haven't been enjoying the best of campaigns under Louis van Gaal.

Only recently had they redeemed themselves, claiming two impressive wins over Tottenham and Liverpool to move fourth with just two points separating them from second-placed Manchester City.

Twenty-five-year-old Bale, who joined Real from Tottenham, in a record 94-million-euro deal, is tied down to the Spanish giants till 2019. 

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