Video: Man United linked Gareth Bale scores free-kick for Real Madrid

The under-fire Wales international scored his side’s second with a pinpoint strike at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Gareth Bale has come in for criticism at the hands of the Spanish media recently and has been labelled selfish by some after Real Madrid’s underwhelming start to 2015.

However, the reported Manchester United target showed just why he is the world’s most-expensive player against Espanyol yesterday, with a precise free-kick nestling in the back of the net in the Santiago Bernabeu side’s 3-0 victory.

The goal, which was Carlo Ancelotti’s men’s second, struck the Espanyol post before beating opposition goalkeeper Kiko Casilla in the 28th minute, as can be seen below.

The strike was the Wales international’s eighth in 14 La Liga games for the European champions this season.

Bale was made something of a scapegoat after Madrid’s defeat to Valencia last weekend, but the precision and accuracy of the free-kick will surely remind the club’s fans of just how much of a talent the former Tottenham man is.

Madrid’s other goals were scored by James Rodriguez and second-half substitute Nacho, with the victory extending Madrid’s lead at the top of the La Liga table to four points.

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