Gareth Bale and Zinedine Zidane are at odds. Again.
This is Part 700 (give or take) in the feud between these two. The latest chapter could result in Bale finally finding greener pastures. Reports today claim Bale will try to leave the Spanish capital during the winter transfer window. One potential destination? Relegation candidate Manchester United.
While Bale’s relationship with Zidane has been extremely rocky at best, he has never truly wanted to leave Spain until now.
Bale was reportedly “angry” over his complete exclusion from the squad in last weekend’s UEFA Champions League draw against Club Brugge. He returned to the line-up this weekend against Granada. With Bale doing Bale things, RM won 4-2. Check out this banana assist around the 0:40 second mark in the embedded video. Few players are capable of this.
So maybe Bale feels like for the first time he has public sentiment on his side. The timing is just right. His play this certainly warrants immediate starter status for RM. He’s tallied two goals and two assists in domestic play. His passing in particular is “prime Bale” good.
Of note, his highest statistical output has been when he’s deployed as a center-forward. Do you know what club desperately needs more quality at the forward position?
Bale to Manchester United a good short-term fix
Manchester United are a mess.
Or are they?
Their underlying statistics show them to be more unlucky than bad. (How’s that for a rallying cry? “We’re not bad! We’re unlucky!”)
Bale’s pace and creativity could help unlock the offense. Paired with Daniel James on the wing and supported by a potentially rejuvenated Paul Pogba, United would have the weapons to find the net and avoid relegation.
As a short-term fix, the deal makes sense for both sides. Bale will get all of the playing time he can handle. If United improve with him, he’ll have a fan-base and coach that actually appreciates him. And Manchester United avoid dropping to the Championship next season.
Win-win all around.