Woodward must resist any temptation to bring Gareth Bale to Manchester United after Zidane's return

Manchester United’s Ed Woodward has long been linked with a move for Gareth Bale.

As reported by the Metro, the executive vice-chairman is a big fan of the Welsh international.  And the same article claims Woodward has always been the driving force behind United’s interest.

Bale struggled for regular starts under Zinedine Zidane during the Frenchman’s first stint at the Bernabeu. 

And now the legend is back.  So do not be surprised if the Bale to United rumours roll around again this summer.

But, as much as Woodward would allegedly love to bring the 29-year-old to Old Trafford, he should steer clear.

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If Zidane does make Bale available this summer Premier League clubs will no doubt come calling.

But United have shown under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that they do not need him.

Jesse Lingard has been brilliant under the Norwegian, while Diogo Dalot has blossomed in a more advanced role.

Both players are better long-term options than Bale, whose injury problems persist. 

This season the Welshman has managed only 13 goals in 34 appearances.

That is nothing to get excited about.

United would be foolish to sideline Dalot in favour of Bale, regardless of his stature. 

Then there is Tahith Chong, who has broken through and deserves more opportunities in the months ahead.

Woodward may want to bring a bona fide superstar to United.  But the Red Devils need to put their faith in the future.

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Vincent is the Senior Managing Editor of Freshered. He was previously Head of Sixth Form at a secondary school in Kent, where he worked with hundreds of 16 to 19-year-olds over eight years.