Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino has urged Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale not to join Manchester United as “Old Trafford has become a graveyard for flair”.
Bale is said to be unhappy at the Bernabeu following Madrid’s decision to replace Rafael Benitez with Zinedine Zidane.
There has been speculation that Man United are plotting a summer move for the Welshman but Cascarino believes Bale risks being “ruined” if he makes the move back to the Premier League.
“There is no way that the former Tottenham Hotspur winger could thrive in a van Gaal system. Look at how talented attackers have struggled under the former Holland coach. Old Trafford has become a graveyard for flair.”
Cascarino pointed to Angel di Maria’s experience in Manchester as proof that Louis van Gaal “confuses” attacking players.
He added: “The experience of Angel di Maria is particularly instructive. The former Real winger is an extremely gifted player, but in his final months at Old Trafford, he was a lost soul, playing as if confused and insecure. This is what the cautious van Gaal system does to attackers. It subdues them and negates their attributes.
“Di Maria joined United from Real as an outstanding player and left a broken man. There is a real risk that Bale would be ruined if he, too, left Madrid for Old Trafford.”
It is hard to disagree with Cascarino as United have been awful from an attacking point of view for the majority of the campaign. Even in United’s 2-1 win over Swansea City last time out, their play was abysmal in the first half.
That being said, van Gaal is not stupid, and he may well change his side’s system if a world-class, supreme forward such as Bale came in to lead the line, assuming, of course, that the Welshman moves to United. It remains to be seen if United can lure him away from the Bernabeu in the summer.