It appears that Gareth Bale is destined for Old Trafford. Being linked with Manchester United in nearly every single transfer window since his departure to Real Madrid, the forward has been envisioned as a part of countless lineups as a Red Devil.
Now that Manchester United are keen on starting off their UEFA Champions League campaign in a bright manner in the group stages, one former United player knows what they might need to win the coveted title.
Ryan Giggs knows the English club more than several others, having spent his entire senior career there as well as stints on the coaching staff. He has now gone onto prophesize that if United sign fellow Welshman, Bale, they can be serious contenders for Europe’s top prize.
In an interview with Sky Sports regarding the Mancunian club’s chances in the competition, the legend insisted: “You’ve got Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, if he fulfils his potential, Marcus Rashford, David de Gea, a world-class player, and then if you add somebody like Gareth Bale to the mix, that’s when you talk about United having Champions League expectations.”
Further, on the abilities of manager Jose Mourinho, he had this to say: “Obviously, Mourinho has won the trophy before so we’re going to be there or thereabouts, but whether we’ve got the players to go the whole way, I don’t know.”
However, it remains to be seen whether Champions League glory is on Mourinho’s mind. While the Portuguese boss would definitely wish to have a decent showing in Europe, it can be said without a doubt that his main focus will be on securing the Premier League title this season.
With United facing FC Basel on their opening encounter, it will be interesting to see whether the lack of a player like Gareth Bale will hinder their performance in the group stages. For that matter, earnest supporters will be eager to know how far the English giants progress in the competition.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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