Former Manchester United players are rarely short of an opinion when it comes to the club they used to represent, and Ryan Giggs is no exception to that. The Welshman, the club’s most decorated player, former caretaker manager and assistant manager has now taken over the reins as coach of his home country’s side, after almost two years of quiet following his departure from Old Trafford when Louis van Gaal was unceremoniously sacked.
Giggs still has plenty to prove in international football, but takes over arguably the most talented Wales side in recent memory, including Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale. The former Tottenham Hotspur star has been a huge part of Los Blancos’ Champions League triumphs over the last 5 years, and United have triedbl to seal his signature on several occasions. For his part, Giggs would love to see his fellow countryman at Old Trafford:
“I’d be a happy United fan, that’s for sure,” said Giggs in quotes carried by the Express. “I thin he’s a Manchester United player. I think the fans would love him.
“The fans would adore him but again, like I say, he’s at a club where he’s won three Champions Leagues so why would you leave?”
Giggs’ comments certainly come with a dose of realism; Bale has enjoyed a trophy-laden five years in Spain, and with Zinedine Zidane having left his post as manager, the landscape at the Bernabeu has shifted dramatically after the player spoke of his unhappiness at his bit-part role last season. It now seems unlikely that Real would be willing to sanction a deal to sell Bale, even if United presented them with a world-record fee, but that won’t stop the club’s fans dreaming of adding a world class talent to their ranks this summer, whether that ends up being Bale or not.