Man Utd’s major transfer dealings over the last year or two have come with mixed success rates. The deal to bring Paul Pogba to Old Trafford has divided most fans, with his performances about as consistent as his choice of hairstyle. Likewise, Luke Shaw has failed to settle at the club, though that’s down to rotten luck on his part more than anything else. However, on the flip side, the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic have been overwhelming successes at the club, and they serve to reinforce the positive perception that is currently being placed on Man Utd’s transfer policy.
The Red Devils are never afraid to spend big to land a landmark signing, and according to the Manchester Evening News, they’re looking to repeat that geat this summer. Gareth Bale is apparently the man that they’re keen on, with talks said to be at an advanced stage as the Red Devils look to upgrade their squad.
Bale is one of Europe’s best, and he’d certainly guarantee a financial windfall at Old Trafford, but once the smoke clears and the realities of a deal for the Welshman become clearer, it’s hard to suggest that a move for the attacker, who is rated at £81 million by Transfer Markt, would make sense.
Sure, on his day, nobody is better than Bale. He’s lightning fast, he’s a brilliant dribbler, and his form at Real Madrid – though inconsistent – is enough to make any manager jealous. Furthermore, he’s also proven in the Premier League – a fact that cannot be understated.
However, look beyond the cracks and gaping crevices will quickly appear. Sure, his goalscoring record last season was good, but he hasn’t played more than 21 league games per season over the last 3 years, and so is he really a player that the club could rely upon? Jose Mourinho’s a manager that always demands the best from his players, and it’s tough to say for a fact that he’d be able to live up to the rigours of a Premier League team, let alone a Jose Mourinho team. His injury record is well documented, and that’s only going to worsen over time, particularly given his age.
He’ll be 29-years-old by the time the 18/19 season rolls around, and with Man Utd increasingly building towards the future under Mourinho’s regime, does Bale fit the bill? He’s in the prime of his career, but given his recent fitness record, it’s tough to see him being at the same level when he’s in his mid-30s. Sure, he’d provide an immediate impact – but Jose Mourinho isn’t just looking at the next 6 months. He’s looking at the next 6 years.
Not only would his arrival disrupt the status quo of Man Utd’s player policy over the past few years, but it would also disrupt it moving forwards, too. There is already a ton of brilliant talent on display at the club going forward, with the likes of Jesse Lingard, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial just some of the young players vying for a starting berth. If Bale were to join, he’d undoubtedly play every week if he were available, and so where would that leave the aforementioned trio? The reality is that they will want to play, and so they could look to depart the club. That would serve to ruin everything that the club has worked so hard to build in recent years.
Mourinho has always been a manager to favour immediate success, but his job at Man Utd is very difficult. Bale might have been perfect for him at Chelsea, but no longer. He needs to reconsider where his priorities lie, or he could face a similar to that which he faced at Stamford Bridge.
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