Opinion: Signing Gareth Bale would be a big risk for Manchester United

Here is our opinion on Gareth Bale’s potential transfer to Manchester United, as the Welshman is linked with a Premier League return this summer.

A big summer is ahead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United. The Norwegian will be looking to strengthen his squad in his attempt to bring the Red Devils back on the top of English football.

Huge summer awaits Gareth Bale as well, as the Welsh forward is on his way out of Real Madrid. Bale is already linked with a Premier League return, with his former club Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United being the potential candidates for his signature.

The Welshman in top form is an unstoppable winger. He is a strong and fast football player, who can score vital goals or provide important assists. Fit Gareth Bale is a dream player for every manager in European football.

However, his injury problems are the main reason why we believe that signing the Welsh winger would be a big risk for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the Manchester United board.

Taking risks sometimes pays off, of course. Bale is only 29 years old, which means there is still at least two to three years of top-level football for him. He is a proven, world-class player who has won four Champions League titles and scored three goals in the UCL finals.

He is a kind of footballer who can carry a whole football team on his back and raise their game on another level. But Manchester United don’t need another Alexis Sanchez and Bale could easily turn out a transfer flop like Red Devils’ number 7.

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The Welshman is constantly being hit by injury problems, season by season since 2015. He has missed over 50 games in the past four years through various injuries and struggled to find his best form during the 2018-19 campaign.

Bale scored only 14 goals and noted six assists this season, which is just an average record for a player of his caliber. He was excellent in the FIFA Club World Cup back in December, bagging a hat-trick in the semi-finals against Kashima Antlers.

The winger finished the tournament as the top goalscorer and won the FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball, being named the best player of the competition.

Unfortunately, Bale suffered yet another injury setback at the start of 2019, being sidelined for the 22nd time since joining Real Madrid. He returned three weeks later but scored only four goals in the next three and a half months.

With Zinedine Zidane’s return in charge of Los Blancos, it is almost certain that the Welshman will be leaving Santiago Bernabeu this summer.

It is also reported that United are considering a loan move, with an option to buy him in 2020, which is a reasonable deal for the Red Devils. However, if Bale’s injury problems continue and keep him away from the football grounds in the next campaign, it could be yet another bad season for Manchester United.

Would you like to see Gareth Bale playing for the Red Devils or is a Tottenham Hotspur return a better option for the Welsh winger? Share your opinion in the comment section below.


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