Paul Parker: You have to wonder where Gareth Bale would fit in at Manchester United

Paul Parker: You have to wonder where Gareth Bale would fit in at Manchester United

Former Manchester United Paul Parker has seemingly suggested that the club doesn’t necessarily need to sign Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.

The Welshman has been consistently linked with the club since last summer and although reports quietened down temporarily, they’ve recently heated up again.

Bale is apparently unhappy with his match time at Madrid and looks set to leave this summer and United are still being linked with him.

The rumours continue to swirl despite Jose Mourinho’s insistence that he’s happy with his attacking options and despite signing Alexis Sanchez.

Parker is one of the few pundits who believes that the Red Devils don’t actually need Gareth and that there may actually not be any room for him.

According to the Sport Review, Paul said to 888Sport: “United will make some big signings which is great in one way but you wonder are they becoming a team?

“You have to wonder too whether someone like Gareth Bale would fit in? Where would he play? He’s not a wide player anymore and likes to do his work through the middle.

“There are a lot of players who are already placed in the middle and the problem is a need for someone who is happy to provide width and stay out wide.

“Martial wants to come in. Rashford wants to come in and is very good at it. Bale would just be another player who wants to be a centre-forward.

“From a marketing side it makes sense but you have to ask if Gareth Bale would be comfortable there and given freedom.

“He’s not a player to track back and his first thought is always offensive and to run at people with pace and will he be given a chance to do that?”

Mourinho is known for his love of having two attacking players per position so hypothetically there is space for Gareth Bale.

With his preference for a 4-2-3-1 that leaves a front four of only Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Alexis Sanchez.

This means there’s actually room for two additions to Manchester United’s attack but considering Jose’s occasional experiment with the 4-3-3 formation, it may not be wise to add another attacker.

Bale’s preference for the left wing would also add even more confusion to an already lopsided attack since Rashford, Martial and Sanchez all prefer the same position.

The Chilean’s arrival has already seen the Englishman and Frenchman being shifted over to the right despite looking uncomfortable there so the Madrid man is likely to exasperate the situation even more.

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