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Should United Bale On Gareth?

Written by The United Religion.

Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale warmed his reputation with a fine performance during his club’s 3-1 win over Inter Milan, but do Manchester United really need him?

Is The Bale Money Worth It?

First thought would be absolutely, but when you take a longer, more sensible approach to that same question one might think otherwise. There is no question that every side in Europe would benefit from having a player like Bale in their squad, but, like in life, there is a difference between need and want in football.

Bale has shown great progress in the past year and has become one of, if not the hottest, young prospects in the Barclays Premier League, and now he is proving his skill against some of the biggest clubs in the UEFA Champions League.

A couple things need to be mentioned about, not to take anything away, from his outstanding performance against Inter Milan; 1. Maicon, though a top-defender, is more known for his attacking than his defending, and has not been himself since Jose Mourinho left for Real Madrid; 2. Rafael Benitez is not the manager Sir Alex Ferguson is, and has a very hard time trying to figure out how to stop his opponent’s top man.

There is no secret that the Gaffer is on the hunt for suitable, ready-made replacements for both Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes in the next six months, and if Bale is that player then he will be force to cough up a lot of money to attain his services.

It is said, whether one believes it or not is their choice, that Sir Alex has £100 million to spend this summer to bring in reinforcements to his squad, and he would have to shatter United’s transfer record to get Bale. In today’s market, Bale is worth anywhere between £60-£70 million, which is a measly £55-£65 million more than United could have got him from Southampton three years ago – and almost £30-£40 million more than they paid for Dimitar Berbatov in 2008.

This time last season this conversation would be almost laughable because Bale was not even guaranteed a spot on the Spurs’ bench let alone being mentioned as the long-term solution to United’s vacant left wing.

One common misconception is that Martin Jol, not Harry Redknapp, should be credited with bringing him to Tottenham, because the current Ajax manager has always had an eye for young talent, but he was never given a real chance to work with him, because was sacked five months to the day of his signing.

Redknapp, who nearly gave up on him prior to his break out in the middle of last season, was finally rewarded as Bale took to his new found role in the midfield. The winger role suited him better, because it allowed him to show his pace and skills against opposing right-side wingers and full-backs.

In Tottenham’s 2-0 loss at Old Trafford, he was a bit quiet through the match, until his 50-yard dash through the United defense midway through the second-half. The Welshman showed that he definitely has pace to burn and muscle to match, but he became almost a non-factor when old reliable Wes Brown came on for the young, sprightly Rafael.

Now, if Sir Alex does decide to go in for him, what does that mean for the current wingers in the squad? Nani, Gabriel Obertan, Antonio Valencia and Ji-Sung Park are all very capable wingers, and now with Bébé adding to the mix, there would be two, maybe three, of those players left out in the cold every week.

Once Valencia has recovered from his broken leg, there will already be a selection headache for Sir Alex, so why would he add to it? While competition for places is always a good thing, disgruntled players aren’t. Nani patrols the left wing, because of Valencia’s inability to use both, and the Portuguese winger has really started to mature, and is slowly becoming one of the better wingers in the Premier League.

Simple math would tell a person with common sense that two wings and three wingers do not equal each other, so it would be really at the discretion of the United manager as to whether he would run the risk of having unhappy players.

Neither Bale, Nani nor Valencia would want to be sitting on the cold substitute’s bench as the other two get their chance to show the world their abilities, so the chances for a peeved player would dramatically increase. Bale is one of, if not, the first player on Redknapp’s teamsheet, so what would entice him to leave?

It is not even certain that Bale would trade White Hart Lane for Old Trafford for just a place in the United squad, because he is already experiencing everything a footballer could ever want in terms of playing in the biggest and best competitions.

Whether United supporters can admit it or not, Spurs are probably one or two key signings from competing for the Premier League title, so it would take something special to pry him away from them – e.g. being a Manchester United supporter.

It surely would not be the pressure of the price tag of becoming one of the world’s most expensive 21-year olds, and he is already on a £50,000/week, four-year contract that he just signed in May.

Gareth Bale would definitely get a hero’s welcome if Sir Alex Ferguson decided to snap up the young prospect, but there is enough quality in the Manchester United squad to cope without him signing on.



  1. Joel Yid

    November 3, 2010 at 9:13 am

    **** off he’s not for sale so why are you debating this matter?

  2. Gareth bale

    November 3, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Typical arrogant article from mufc t wat. Face it we mugged u with berbatov, only coz city didn’t have money at the time. Do u really think bale would want to play for your ageing second rate team where the best u can do is beg a beg a useless fat arrogant has been like Rooney to stay just so u can sell him to city for a few quid coz he’s going anyway 🙂

    Bale to united – dream on in your Surrey house!

  3. Dane

    November 3, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Who automatically says that if United wanted Bale they would get him?

    Nothing, United couldn’t afford Bale and what coult they offer that Bale doesn’t already have?

  4. shearsy

    November 3, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Good article, can’t argue with any of it although as a Spurs supporter I do not know enough about Man U to comment. I think the intent of Spurs will become clear in the next two transfer windows, if we sell any of our top players we will never win the league. I think the victory last night is more important than any in recent times, it should give the players the belief that they can beat anyone. A little bet on our next match at the Emirates and finally breaking the hoodo would be money well spent.

  5. Shelf side Yid

    November 3, 2010 at 9:28 am

    How many more times your not having him!

  6. Chuck Simmons

    November 3, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I just hope you sink in your own arrogant slime

  7. Tom

    November 3, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Ha ha ha ha you are a club on the decline!!! COYS

  8. yid

    November 3, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Why should we sell Bale to Man Utd? We are not poor, we are a feeder club and we have no intention of selling our best players.

    Bale is going nowhere. He is staying at Spurs. Spurs are going somewhere though. Above Man Utd.

  9. yid

    November 3, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Why should we sell Bale to Man Utd? We are not poor, we are NOT a feeder club and we have no intention of selling our best players.

    Bale is going nowhere. He is staying at Spurs. Spurs are going somewhere though. Above Man Utd.

  10. JohnnyB

    November 3, 2010 at 9:51 am

    JFC!! Bale is not going to Utd! He has everything going on for him at Spurs. Tottenham are moving forward and Bale is coming with. Why sign for an ageing Utd team who have nowhere near the quality they used to when Spurs are offering all that Utd can offer. Utd are stagnating in the league…Spurs are getting better, Bale’s future is bright…Bale’s future is Lilywhite!

  11. Folkestone_Yid

    November 3, 2010 at 10:08 am

    What a waste of time! You can not afford his right foot let alone his prolific left one!! Any team in the world would have him at the mo and power balance will now start to shift, Spurs, City and Everton are chasing and it won’t be long till a top 4 finish will be your seasons goal, enjoy while you can. COYS

  12. Jos

    November 3, 2010 at 10:14 am

    sick and tired of condesending comments from Manu & pundits. Whats gives Manu divine right to every top players in the PL ? If Liverpool can fall from grace, so can you!

    Spurs already have more strenght in depth than Manu. We are just a Rooney, Berbatov etc away from challanging frothe title.

    btw, you can’t afford him even if you want him. You have to pay the equivalent of C Ronaldo.

  13. Dan the man

    November 3, 2010 at 10:59 am

    Got to laugh at the Spurs fans on here calling us arrogant closely follwed by things like “Why would he want to join Man Utd who are in decline and finished and who we are as big as anyway bexcause your empire is crumbling etc etc etc do me a favour you cocky arrogant spuds, wait till you win something then shout your mouths off about how big you are. Cheeky 2 bob idiots got what you deserved at OT zero yet again. Nowehere near the club we are yet so stick your own arrogance up your pooper 🙂

    • yid

      November 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm

      wait until you come to WHL. You will get stuffed.

      • Dan the man

        November 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm

        Well pal it will have to be a complete turn around from the last 20 years wouldnt it you prat?

  14. Dan the man

    November 3, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Spurs fans, The New Billy Big B*llox of the entire Premier League and all achieved without winning a single trophy ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  15. Jake

    November 3, 2010 at 11:08 am

    When you red shower get your head out of from your own arses you will see that you are a club on the wan, sucked dry by the americans….. you cannot afford anyone. And greedy Rooney has just taken to big a slice of the pie. Mancahester Utd = Financial difficulty. And to make matters worse for you City are going to walk all over ye in the near future. Writing on the wall but you carry on rearranging the deckchairs.

  16. Jake

    November 3, 2010 at 11:16 am

    When you red shower get your head out of from your own rear ends you will see that you are a club on the wan, sucked dry by the americans….. you cannot afford anyone. And greedy Rooney has just taken to big a slice of the pie. Mancahester Utd = Financial difficulty. And to make matters worse for you City are going to walk all over ye in the near future. Writing on the wall, but you carry on rearranging the deckchairs.

  17. Joe

    November 3, 2010 at 11:37 am

    none of the existing wingers are left footed, and Nani’s crossing from the left is a little weak. We really need a left footed left sided winger, and Bale would also offer a new dimension in free taking. but he is not worth anything near the 70million you mention. Ronaldo was 10mill more after scoring 40 goals in a season, have some cop on. unless city or Real madrid are looking for him he’s worth 25mill tops.

  18. David Hammons

    November 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    I have realized that after posting this article Spurs are not only delusional, but illiterate as well. I never slated your club and yet your paranoid freaks think I have …

    You all off-base, half-witted morons think that HR is the Messiah, which is why you will never be a big club and will continue being United’s reserve team.

    carry on, muppets.

  19. Sinbad

    November 3, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    United may be on the decline, that is true, but you Spurs fans are going on like he’d be swapping Barcelona for Wigan.

    If you really think Bale is gonna spend the best days of his career at WHL you are completely deluded. The reason why Berbatov, Carrick and God knows who else left Spurs is because it’s the same old story “we’re a big club but don’t actually get anywhere”. And they were right because they’ve won stuff at United while Spurs have done….f*** all!

  20. JimB

    November 3, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    David – you have to realise that Spurs fans aren’t specifically pissed off with your article.

    They’re more pissed off about the fact that there is an article every day about Inter signing….or Barca; or Real Madrid; or Chelsea; or Man City; or AC Milan.

    It’s relentless. And it’s utterly tedious. Especially since there seems to an arrogant presumption among all these clubs’ fans that Spurs will just roll over like an eager to please puppy.

    Please get it into your heads. Bale is not for sale. Not in January. Not even next summer. The summer after that? Who knows? But let’s cross that bridge when we come to it.

    This is not a Carrick or Berbatov scenario. Bale has just signed a four year contract to stay at Spurs. There is no danger of Spurs losing him for nothing – as there was with the two players for whom we squeezed £50 million out of you.

    So Spurs will not sell. End of story. FInd something else to talk about.

  21. David Hammons

    November 3, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    … Welcome to the beginnings of Tottenham hopefully becoming a big club, because United have players constantly linked with moves to those clubs you have mentioned. This summer alone we were linked with players in excess of a billion pounds, and had most of our players linked with moves away from OT – including Scholes, Berbatov, Giggs and now Rooney!

    … One thing Spurs does not have to deal with is the constant, relentless ABU (anybody but united) media every day, so do I sympathize what you are going through? Yes, but at the same time, I do not, because football is an ugly, bitter business.

    … Players come, players go. Its a fact of life in modern-day football, and I am sorry if Sir Alex and United come in for Bale, it will not be the club’s decision as to whether to keep him or not, it will come down to the player – four-year contract or not.
    … Levy was hell bent on not letting Berbatov go – and look what happened – he left. at a football club, you cannot have a disheveled player, because it effects your locker room, which is exactly what DB9 became.

  22. David Hammons

    November 3, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    by the way, the 50 million you squeezed out of was down to the fact City got involved, and the amazing part is that even with that coin you still have managed to be in the red when it comes to transfer in the last couple of years. who is the fool now?

  23. JimB

    November 3, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    David – err……yes, actually, it is down to Spurs as to whether Bale stays or goes in January or next summer – just as it was down to Utd that they didn’t sell Ronaldo when Real were first interested and as it was down to Aston Villa when City were first tapped up Barry.

    In two summers’ time, it might be a different story. If Bale hasn’t, by then, signed an extended contract, Spurs will sell because they have a policy of not allowing their best players to run their contracts down beyond the two year threshold. They never again want a Sol Campbell situation on their hands. That’s why they sold Carrick and Berbatov. But they won’t come to that moment with Bale for at least another 18 months. So they will not sell until then. End of.

    And Bale is no Berbatov. He isn’t moody and sulky. He gets on with the job with a smile on his face. A model professional. In addition, he’s still very young. Only 21 and with only a year of properly performing at Premier League level behind him. Berbatov, by contrast, was nearly 28 and as good as he was ever going to be (and in truth, has declined since leaving Spurs). If he hadn’t made the move to Utd when he did, he might have missed his opportunity forever. No such worries for Bale. He will happily stay at Spurs for another 18 months, by which time he will still only be 22.

    Finally, I don’t get the point you’re trying to make re “being in the red”. Yes, Spurs have spent more on incoming transfers over the past five years than they have received for outgoing transfers. But that’s what ambitious clubs do, isn’t it? Gradually (or, in the case of City, suddenly) improving the squad. Seems to have worked, wouldn’t you say? From perennial mid table mediocrity to qualifying for the Champions League and currently sitting on top of a group which includes the European Champions.

    Money well spent.

  24. Danny Salford Red

    November 4, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Jim B gotta say mate I wish it was that way but it simply isnt. Its extremely naive of you to think that the club that owns the players registrations holds all the cards. They should do but they dont these days as the players control everything and you must know that? If a player wants a move I guarantee you you that within one year he will get that move as keeping the player would be couter productive for the whole team.

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