Ryan Giggs believes that Manchester United need to sign a player like Gareth Bale before they can challenge for the Champions League.
Jose Mourinho publicly expressed interest in the Welshman back in August but later conceded that he was clearly part of Zinedine Zidane’s plans for this season.
Speculation has continued to surround Bale’s future, however, following reports suggesting he was eyeing a move back to the Premier League along with Florentino Perez labelling him as “transferable”.
And Giggs, speaking ahead of Man United’s clash with Basel, has noted that Mourinho still needs a player of Bale’s calibre to make a meaningful challenge for the Champions League.
“You look at the current Manchester United team and you wonder if they can they win the Champions League? Have they got the players to win it?” he asked.
“They’re probably a little bit short at the moment. You’ve got Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, if he fulfils his potential,
“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.”
Make no mistake: Mourinho has a superb team at his disposal. But Giggs is right to note that he still lacks one crucial ingredient – a renowned, internationally revered superstar. Somebody in that top bracket; somebody at the very peak of their powers; somebody, like Cristiano Ronaldo, who simply stands out on the pitch.
Bale appears content with playing the role of understudy at Madrid. He is, after all, part of the best team in Europe, but he should take note of the decision Neymar made over the summer.
He decided to move out of Lionel Messi’s shadow and join Paris Saint Germain – a club that will, no doubt, rise to another level with the Brazilian at its epicentre.
Supporters will desperately hope to see Bale, now 27, eventually decide to opt for a similar move, moving out of Ronaldo’s kingdom to establish his own in Manchester.