David Moyes has revealed he was “desperate” to sign Gareth Bale for Manchester United before he joined Real Madrid.
Bale joined Madrid in 2013 for a world record transfer fee after deciding to leave Tottenham Hotspur.
The Welshman helped Madrid win the Champions League and Copa del Rey in his debut season but fans have turned on him this year following a number of frustrating performances.
Moyes defended Bale and admitted he was interested in bringing him to Old Trafford during his ill-fated spell in charge of Man United.
Speaking about the 25-year-old, Moyes said: “Firstly, Gareth Bale is an outstanding player.
“I was desperate to take him to Manchester United from Tottenham, but couldn’t quite get him. He had his heart set on going to Real Madrid.
“He was very much on my radar as soon as I went to United.
“He can score goals, can make goals, he’s got speed, he’s physically capable, and I think next year he will be a big star in Madrid.”
United were terrible under Moyes and their performances would have been unlikely to be any different even if they had signed Bale.
That being said, the thought of seeing the player in a United shirt is a tantalising one. It appears the club still have Bale on their radar, with reports this week suggesting that they are planning an ambitious double swoop for him and Raphael Varane.