Manchester United legend: Real Madrid star ‘would be perfect’ signing

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes that Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale would be a perfect signing this summer and thinks the Welshman would be a “natural fit” in Louis Van Gaal’s side.

Bale has been struggling in Spain with Madrid this season and last Sunday’s El Clasico saw the Welshman come under increased pressure for what supporters felt was another below-par performance.

Inevitably, the former Spurs star has been linked with a return to the Premier League and Scholes thinks that a move to United would give Bale the chance to shine once more.

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“My feeling is that he would be perfect for Manchester United,” he said in his column for the Independent.

“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.

“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.

“All good players need to be appreciated. Bale would be coming to United in a time of change when the team is looking for leaders.”

Bale lifted the UEFA Champions League at the end of his first season with Madrid, netting a crucial extra-time goal in the final, but has not been able to replicate the performances that saw him adored in Spain last year.

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He has scored 16 goals with eight assists in 39 appearances across all competitions for Los Blancos this season but that’s not as productive as he was last season.

The Welshman netted 22 times with 19 assists in the 2013/14 campaign but Scholes feels that it would be harsh to label his time in Madrid as a failure, even if he departs this summer.

“I can understand why he would want to see out his time at Madrid but even if he was to leave after two years, no one could say that, having won a Champions League title, his time there has been a failure.

“He has never won anything in English football and he would be hungry for success in this country. He is a phenomenal footballer who comes ready-made for the Premier League.

“When it comes to Gareth Bale’s career, it looks like he is approaching a decision that will shape the rest of his life as a footballer.”

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