Former Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale’s poor run of form for Real Madrid continued on Tuesday, as he struggled to make an impact against Juventus.
The Wales international started the first leg of the Champions League semi-final tie at the Juventus Stadium in Turin.
Much was expected of Bale in such a big game, but the former Southampton star failed to make a favourable impression.
The 25-year-old was on the pitch for 86 minutes, but he could only take 27 touches and failed to take a single goal.
Moreover, Bale created no chances and put in no successful crosses, although he did have a laudable pass accuracy of 94%.
Madrid lost the game 2-1, but they still have a good chance of progressing to the final of the Champions League.
A 1-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu in the second leg will do the trick for Los Blancos, but Bale needs to step up his game.
The Welshman is on the radar of Premier League giants Manchester United, according to The Mirror, but based on Tuesday’s performance, it is hard to see the Red Devils make a move for him in the summer transfer window.
However, United fans still seem to think that Bale would be a good addition to the squad, as they posted their opinions about the former Spurs star on social networking site Twitter after the match.
Tottenham fans blamed Madrid for Bale’s poor performance on Twitter, while Spanish sports paper AS mocked him when he was being substituted.
Manchester United fans
Gareth Bale needs to stop kidding himself and getting wasted at Real Madrid. Come back to England, I heard Manchester is a great place #MUFC— Kris (@KrisOrpet) May 5, 2015
Love the fact that Real Madrid fans are giving Gareth Bale so much abuse. Will only push him away. Ed Woodward will be ready. #MUFC.— Zeeshan Masih (@ZeeshanMasih01) May 5, 2015
As much as I love Gareth bale! Madrid just doesn't suit him! Come home Gareth prem is were you should be , United sounds good to me? #MUFC— JOSH! (@Josh_Hinwood_97) May 5, 2015
Tottenham Hotspur fans
What has happened to Bale this season, he's gone missing. Has the Real Madrid fans killed his confidence #THFC— Super Tottenham (@N17_Spurs) May 5, 2015
Real Madrid fans hate Bale he should just come back to Tottenham...— Iconickz (@ItsIconickz) May 5, 2015
Gareth Bale needs to come home. Back to Tottenham. The abuse he is getting from fans and pundits is absolutely pathetic. Small minds.— Trevor Lloyd (@Trevorlloyd92) May 5, 2015