Why Manchester United bid £100 million...

Gareth Bale proved just why Manchester United bid a reported £100 million for his services last summer.

Gareth Bale's incredible Copa del Rey winning goal was special. The sort of goal only he, and Cristiano Ronaldo, are able to score.

In an instance, Real Madrid's £86 million outlay was shown to be money well spent.

The strike also illustrated why Manchester United's own attempts to break the bank for the Welshman don't appear reckless.

Bale is emerging into the kind of player which will one day be pushing for the Ballon d'Or, perhaps sooner than we think. Those type of players do not come on the market very often.

Having had Ronaldo at the club, United knew just what an opportunity it was.

It's why The Mirror reported in September that the Red Devils made a world record £100 million bid for the Welshman, only for the speedster to switch to Real Madrid for less money.

The decision for Tottenham to negotiate was taken out of their hands by Bale himself who was apparently so dead set on a switch to Spain he and his agent pushed them to accept Madrid's offer.

For United it's been a case of what could have been ever since, all they managed to secure last summer was Marouane Fellaini.

Last night's goal was Gareth Bale's 20th since signing for Real Madrid, while he has a staggering 19 assists to add to that tally. 

Considering he had an injury plagued start to his career in Spain, the figures are all the more impressive.

Their own wingers, Adnan Januzaj, Antonio Valencia, Ashley Young, and Nani have combined for just nine goals and eight assists between them all season long - figures Bale doubles all by himself.

David Moyes is rumoured to be adding Southampton's Luke Shaw to his ranks in the summer, a player occupying the left-back role Gareth Bale once fulfilled at the club, but whether the England international ever develops the attacking prowess of his predecessor will remain to be seen.

Bale's goal last night will have in all likelihood had a few more teams wishing they had pushed harder to sign the Welshman.

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