The Red Devils have not yet given up hope on the Welshman.
Despite having made a world record £85.3m move to Real Madrid this summer, Manchester United are still considering signing Gareth Bale next year, reports the Metro.
After pursuing Bale for the past couple of seasons Madrid eventually landed their man 24 hours before transfer deadline day.
Yet since arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu the 24-year-old has struggled to deal with the pressure and came under some fierce criticism after the 2-1 El Clasico loss to rivals Barcelona on Saturday.
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The Daily Telegraph rounded up the comments from the Spanish daily newspapers, with El Mundo Deportivo labeling the forward as ‘irrelevant’ and El Pais stating that Los Blancos ‘continue to play better when their star signing is not on the pitch.’
Meanwhile Marca – famous supporters of Madrid – wrote that; ‘Real Madrid’s worst performer at the Nou Camp was Gareth Bale. The Welshman was not match ready, does not have enough spark and a series of mistakes made by Real Madrid, the Welsh national team and the player himself hang heavily around his neck, hindering his progress.’
This is a fairly damning summary of the Wales international and United are waiting on the wings with a view to capitalising on the situation.
The Daily Express reported in September that the Premier League champions actually tried to hijack Bale’s transfer with a whopping £120m bid themselves back in August.
Outspoken Los Merengues president Florentino Perez even confirmed United’s interest in the attacker.
“When we found out that Manchester United would be making an offer, so we made our own,” Perez said.
“Since his childhood he had the dream of playing for Real Madrid and he asked us to make it possible for him to come.”
United are still keen on making a marquee signing at Old Trafford though, with new manager David Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward finding life difficult at the club.
With only Marouane Fellaini and youngster Guillermo Varela arriving this summer, the English champions could do with a morale boosting acquisition.