“He’d walk into the Manchester United team” – Ten Hag criticised for not signing former most expensive player

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Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has been criticised for not signing Gareth Bale after his Real Madrid contract expired this summer.

Bale has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the past but the Red Devils were not interested in signing the Welshman this summer.

Gareth Bale joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur for a then world record transfer fee of £85 million in the summer of 2013.

He won the La Liga three times with Real Madrid and also won the Champions League five times with the Spanish side.

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Speaking on talkSPORT radio, former Wales international Dean Saunders said: “I think whoever Gareth Bale plays for he can score all types of goals, can’t he?

“Free kicks, headers, tap-ins, volleys. He can score all types of goals. I think Newcastle United would’ve been perfect for him.

“If he was on the bench at Manchester City he’d come on and have an impact. If he was on the bench at Liverpool he’d have an impact.

“Manchester United should’ve been trying to sign him. Bale has got a good attitude. He’d walk into their team.”

Following the expiration of his Real Madrid contract, Bale has joined MLS side Los Angeles FC.

While Ten Hag isn’t interested in signing Bale, the Manchester United is keen on signing Brazilian attacker Antony.

Manchester United have been told what the club must do to sign Ajax star Antony this summer.

Daily Express journalist Ryan Taylor told GIVEMESPORT: “I think there is leverage to do a deal, but only if United pay what’s required.

“At the moment, that looks to be closer to £60million than the £40million that United would be willing to offer.

“I think United need to up the ante in their pursuit of new signings because the longer the window rumbles on, the more selling clubs are going to be looking to pull the wool over their eyes in terms of asking prices.

“They need to get a move on because they’re so far behind these other clubs.

“They can’t afford to waste too long on the likes of Frenkie de Jong. There’s certainly other areas of the squad that need reinforcements.”