United tried to sign Gareth Bale last summer, but could not convince him to change his mind about moving to Real Madrid it has again been reported.
The former Tottenham man was heavily linked with a move to United, but reportedly ‘had his heart set’ on a move to Real Madrid when he heard of their interest, despite the English giants trying to persuade him otherwise.
His transfer to the Spanish giants could hardly have gone better, either. Bale has been in scintillating form in his first season in La Liga, culminating in him scoring the vital goal as the club completed their 10th Champions League win against Atletico Madrid.
It means that his transfer fee, of £86 million, has virtually been written off and he has assured his place Madrid folklore, but United fans must be thinking what might have been if they could have completed the signing of the Welsh wing-wizard.
David Moyes’ time at Old Trafford was hugely unsuccessful, but he surely would have performed better with a player of Bale’s quality at his disposal.
The Scottish man, who replaced Sir Alex Ferguson, also confirmed he tried to sign Toni Kroos and Cesc Fabregas, but ended up having to make to name Marouane Fellaini as his marquee summer signing.
It meant that his squad looked devoid of quality in certain areas at times and slumped to a 7th placed finish, their lowest of the Premier League era.
It does seem that United have learned from their mistakes, though. Newly appointed manager Louis Van Gaal has reportedly lined up a number of players in what is expected to be a busy summer at Old Trafford and there will be an expectation this time around that they will secure their top targets.