David Moyes admits he was ‘desperate’ to sign Gareth Bale at Manchester United

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David Moyes was sacked after just 10 months in charge at Manchester United but it could have been different if he had signed his main transfer target, Gareth Bale.

Former Manchester United manager David Moyes has admitted to Sky Sports he was ‘desperate’ to bring Gareth Bale to Old Trafford before the Welshman signed for Real Madrid.

Moyes struggled massively during his 10 months in charge of United, labouring to a seventh place standing before he was sacked after a series of poor results and performances to match.

The Scotsman only managed to bring in one new signing during his only summer at the club, with Marouane Fellaini joining from his old club Everton, a disastrous recruitment process which led to the United squad becoming stale.

But Moyes, who recently guided his new club Real Sociedad away from relegation danger in La Liga, has revealed that he was interested in several targets, with his main focus being on Bale, who eventually completed a world record deal to sign for Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur.

Moyes told Sky Sports, “Firstly, Gareth Bale is an outstanding player. I was desperate to take him to Manchester United from Tottenham, but couldn’t quite get him. He had his heart set on going to Real Madrid.

“He was very much on my radar as soon as I went to United. He can score goals, can make goals, he’s got speed, he’s physically capable, and I think next year he will be a big star in Madrid.”

Despite a successful first season where he won the Champions League and the Copa del Rey, Bale has come under criticism in Madrid since after a series of under-par performances, especially in big games.

During his second year in Spain, Bale did reach double figures in terms of goals scored again, but was jeered by some sections of his own support as he struggled to get as involved in proceedings as he did in his first campaign at the club.

Madrid are an extremely demanding club, who generally turn on their own at the first sign of trouble, and unfortunately Bale has been the man at the centre of the criticism as they played second fiddle to fierce rivals Barcelona in all competitions.

But Moyes believes Bale is capable of bouncing back and believes he still needs to fully settle in his new surroundings in Spain.

The former United boss continued, “It is down to settling in. David de Gea took time to settle at Manchester United, it is not easy. We have to give him time, Bale is no different to anyone else.

“As a British player playing abroad, you have to get involved, immerse yourself in the culture. You have to get used to the living times, the eating habits. He is at a great club that will give him opportunity to succeed and I think he will.”

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