Gareth Bale Online video Rating: four / five
Gareth Bale Online video Score: four / 5
The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he tried to sign the Welsh winger Gareth Bale before the former Southampton man moved to Tottenham. Bale was signed from Southampton for £ 5 million as a teenager. Even though he did not have the best of starts with the Premier league club, he has since risen to the position of being one of the best players in the world. He has been linked with all the major clubs like Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Chelsea in the last few months. Ferguson has said ahead of the match with Tottenham that Bale was one of his transfer targets before Tottenham secured his signature.
However, the 70-year-old has revealed that he does not have any regrets about not signing Bale because there have been many situations in which United have not signed players they liked a lot. Ferguson has quoted the example of Paul Gascoigne, who also moved to Tottenham despite interest from Manchester United. At 23 years of age, Bale still has a lot of time in football. The winger has already scored close to 10 goals this season. He is regarded as one of the important players at Tottenham, and he was responsible for the 3-2 victory over United earlier in the season.
“We tried to buy him from Southampton and they turned us down. It was not the boy who turned us down, it was Southampton, then a few weeks later he signed for Tottenham. It happens. You don’t get them all. As I said before, we would have loved to have got (Paul) Gascoigne but we didn’t – but we did get Paul Ince and he was a great player for us. These things happen,” said Ferguson, whose team will be looking to restore the seven point lead in the table.
The Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has said that he expects the winger Gareth Bale to be fit for the visit by Swansea next weekend. Tottenham will be taking on Swansea City at the White Hart Lane next weekend. It is an extremely crucial match for the club given that they were recently defeated 2-1 by Everton during the weekend. This result has meant that they have fallen to the fifth position in the Premier league table, while also allowing Arsenal to close the gap further. Tottenham looked like a goal from Clint Dempsey was enough to get all three points at Goodison Park, but they allowed two injury time goals to lose the match.
Tottenham were extremely poor in the attacking sense and only managed to score the goal through a deflection. One of the main reasons for this was due to the lack of the winger Gareth Bale, who is regarded as one of the best players in the world. He missed the action after suffering a hamstring injury just before the match, but the Tottenham manager expects him to be back into the first-team action by next weekend. Three points against Swansea is extremely important for Tottenham given that they need to pick up momentum before the start of the Christmas and New Year fixtures.
“There is a strong possibility Gareth Bale could be fit for our next game. But I felt Clint Dempsey did well in his position on the left. The problem was that Everton became a bit more aggressive with their approach play and started hitting us with long balls, and we suffered as a consequence. It was a very disappointing result,” said Andre Villas-Boas after the match. This defeat means that Tottenham have lost the most number of points in the final 10 min of the match.
Gareth Bale Video Ranking: 5 / five