Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke believes the club should sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid this summer.
The Wales international, 25, was criticized by both the media and Real Madrid supports last season, fueling speculation linking him with a move to Manchester United.
“I would get Gareth Bale in, that’s what United need . . . a player who will just take the ball and run,” Yorke told The Sun.
“He’s British, he’s exciting, he’s quick, fast, he goes past people and that will lift everyone going forward. That would excite everybody. And he will be loved here, he will be far more appreciated because the people here know what to expect.
“The Spanish are hard people, they are used to the likes of Romario and Ronaldo — the dribblers with the silky skills. In all fairness, Bale is not silky — he is a powerhouse with great pace and that’s best for England.
“When he is in full flow he is one of the best in the world. That’s why Madrid paid all the money for him. If I was signing one player for United this summer, it would be him.”
Nevertheless, Bale has already insisted he is going nowhere this summer.
“Of course, yes [I will be at Madrid next season],” Bale said. “I’m a Real Madrid player and I’ll carry on as normal. I am enjoying it and hopefully I can continue to.
“I feel settled. I’m looking forward now to playing and winning more trophies. My goal is to keep improving, performing and to win as many titles as I can.”
Bale, who joined Real Madrid from Tottenham for a rumoured world-record transfer fee in the summer of 2013, bagged 13 goals and nine assists 31 La Liga appearance for Los Blancos last term.
Mata hoping for De Gea stay
In other news, Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is hoping compatriot David de Gea will reject Real Madrid in favour of staying at Old Trafford.
De Gea, whose current deal at United is set to expire next summer, is reportedly one of Real Madrid’s top summer targets following Iker Casillas’ poor 2014/15 campaign.
“Lots of people ask me about him,” Mata told Marca. ” He’s a friend and I want him to be happy.
“He’s currently one of the best goalkeepers in the world. From a selfish point of view, I would want to have him in my team.”
De Gea, 24, kept 10 clean sheets in 37 English Premier League starts for United last term.