Manchester United’s Premier League season couldn’t have been any better, with two of the three signings making the headlines as the Red Devils defeated West Ham United 4-0 at Old Trafford.
Two goals from Romelu Lukaku and contributions from Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial meant Jose Mourinho could be the happiest manager in England – while Nemanja Matic’s solid performance continued to attract prying eyes on why Chelsea allowed the Serbian international to join a league rival.
Despite that, the Portuguese manager hasn’t shied away from the fact that he wanted to add four new signings to his squad this summer and chief executive Ed Woodward has succeeded in delivering three of those requests, in Victor Lindelof from Benfica, Lukaku from Everton, and Matic from Chelsea.
All summer, the Old Trafford club had been linked with a tons of world class players who would have certainly been welcomed additions, ranging from the lengthy pursuit of Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic.
There was another player who Mourinho admitted he would love to have at the club, declaring his interest in Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and went as far as saying that if the Welsman didn’t start against United in the Super Cup final, he’d make an approach.
That didn’t happen, as he revealed that it was game over to sign the former Tottenham man – but not everyone thought he was always going to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu.
According to Mail Sport, Cristiano Ronaldo believed that his teammates would swap Madrid for Manchester this summer when the genuinely strong interest from Mourinho and United was revealed.
He probably breathed a sign of relief when the player himself shot down the notion that he could be plying his trade at Old Trafford next season, but that hasn’t stopped the speculation that the upcoming campaign could be his final one in the Spanish capital.
The source has added that Bale wants to remain at Real for another year as he’s determined to prove his worth, but if the situation changes then United could come calling again in 2018.
Bale’s future has been in doubt all summer, ever since it was revealed that Zinedine Zidane’s side could be looking to sign AS Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe in a mega-money deal and if that turns out to be the case, then it’s thought that Bale could be the member of the infamous BBC that departs.
Bale might be ready to fight for his place, should Mbappe join with only a couple of weeks remaining in the transfer window, but you can bet Mourinho will also have one eye on the situation.