Former Manchester United greats have been less-than quiet when it comes to criticising the current team’s fortunes. Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand have been frequently quick to question the methods of Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho over the last four years, and have been more-than happy to heap scorn on the current team’s playing style under both the Dutchman and the Portuguese.
Ferdinand, a key component of Sir Alex Ferguson’s last successful Premier League-winning side and arguably one of the club’s best defenders has offered his thoughts on a different subject recently, however; the future of Gareth Bale. The Real Madrid forward quickly suggested that he would be keen to leave Spain having seen his starting opportunities dry up under Zinedine Zidane, and Ferdinand has given his thoughts on Instagram on Bale’s plight, and a suggestion for his next club:
“4 CL winners medals, 3 CL finals goals – what more is there to do at Real Madrid for Gareth Bale?
“Some may say Gareth’s non combative nature and him not having an ego to rival Ronaldo’s has played its part in holding Gareth back from going on to take the top dog spot at Madrid’s top table – who knows but it was never going to be easy.
Personally I would love to see him come back to the Premier League (preferably with Manchester United) & dominate. Write a new chapter as a leader of a club, the go to guy at all times, the icon….this is what the greats do in all sports not just football, it elevates them.”
Ferdinand’s comments add further fuel to the fire surrounding Bale when it comes to a potential move to United. The club have tried to sign him several times over the years, when he was leaving Southampton, then Tottenham Hotspur and again last year. Fourth time lucky, perhaps?