Brian McClair: Manchester United didn’t fancy Gareth Bale when he was young

by Marwan Harraz

Former Manchester United man Brian McClair has claimed the club didn’t fancy Gareth Bale as a youngster and opted out of signing him.

The Welshman has been continuously linked with a move away from his current employers Real Madrid with Jose Mourinho interested in him last summer.

Rumours have since died down a little, particularly with Alexis Sanchez’s move to United during the January transfer window.

However, Bale is still being touted to leave Madrid and McClair has revealed that the club had a chance to sign him when he was younger.

The Welshman then played as a left-back with not too many people expecting him to turn into one of the world’s best talents.

According to the Express, Brian said to Manchester Evening News: “Because he [Bale] was a certain age, we said we liked him. But when you get to a certain age we have to seek the opinion of the first team recruitment department.

“Jim Lawlor [chief scout] had to make a decision about that because there was a transfer fee – he signed a pro contract.

“If you’re going to buy him and pay whatever you are going to pay for him, then it’s got to be ‘What’s the plan for him? You [the first-team] have got to fancy him.’

“I don’t think he was convincing for left-back. You could say you liked him, but there’s no point us trying to get him and you [the first-team] thinking he’s rubbish and he stalls.”

Mourinho must certainly be wondering what could’ve been with Gareth and there’s now no way of knowing whether he would’ve been a star for the Red Devils or not.

With Sanchez’s arrival there’s no longer any room for more super star signings or at least that’s the case on the wings.

The Chilean has been underwhelming so far since completing the move but adjusting to a new club mid season was always going to be a struggle.

Alexis can take heart from former Manchester United stars who were signed in the winter transfer window and performed poorly but soon became legends such as Nemanja Vidic and Patrice Evra.

Fans are expecting to see the best of the former Arsenal man next season but are still harbouring hopes that he will somehow come good before the season ends.

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