What more does Gareth Bale have to do to win over fans at Real Madrid? Having scored a crucial goal in the Champions League final and the winner in the Copa Del Rey final last season, Bale may have expected to be idolised at the Bernabeu Stadium by now.
Instead, some fans have booed him in recent weeks and even attacked his car following the El Clasico defeat last weekend. Bale is said to be unhappy in Spain and looking for a way out, with Manchester United one of a host of clubs linked with his signature.
If he did move to Old Trafford, he may have to compete with Angel di Maria for a spot on the wing. Although the Argentine has his own troubles at United, Louis van Gaal is expected to persist with him due to his huge transfer fee.
With this in mind, we asked our Twitter followers whether they would prefer to see Bale or Di Maria in the starting XI:
@PeoplesPerson_ Bale. Accomplished in the Prem. Scorer and creator in equal parts. Less liable to have "walkabout" games.
— Nikhil Mehra (@TweetinderKaul) March 27, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Gareth Bale all day. He's got way more explosive power than Di Maria.
— Jamie O'Donoghue (@ODonoghueJamie) March 27, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Bale because he can be the new welsh wizard like Giggsy was.
— Kc (@kcblaze) March 27, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Depends on where Di Maria would consistently play. Midfield? Keep him. On the wings? Rather have Bale.
— Kristiaan Knoetzen (@Eggs_Diamond) March 27, 2015
— Joe (@JoeTmufc) March 27, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ For a winger position? Easily Bale. Already proven in the PL, and Di Maria has always been inconsistent on the wings.
— André Sousa (@A_OSousa) March 27, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Di Maria, he's more versatile and can be used in many positions and we all know how he can play when he's in good nick
— Kach (@PhilosophyMUFC) March 27, 2015
@PeoplesPerson_ Bale, just because he's stronger and already proven in PL.
— Mohamed Al-Mudaifa (@mohd_mudaifa) March 27, 2015
The majority of fans seem to prefer Bale due to his explosive playing style. It’s amazing what can happen in such a short space of time in football as Di Maria was considered one of the best players in the world behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo prior to his move to United.
Unfortunately, things just haven’t worked out for the 27-year-old so far in England. However, that is not to say that he can’t turn things around, as Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata have found out themselves this term.