What Does Failed Gareth Bale Bid Mean for Manchester United?

Simon EdmondsCorrespondent ISeptember 24, 2013

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 14:  Gareth Bale of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Villarreal and Real Madrid at El Madrigal on September 14, 2013 in Villarreal, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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The Telegraph reports that Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez, has told Spanish radio that the Galacticos were not the only top side to try and sign Gareth Bale from Spurs this summer.

Speaking with the Spanish media Perez said:

Bale has come cheaply. Signing the best players out there is Madrid's philosophy and Bale was the best available player on the market this summer. We had been following him for two years.

Tottenham did not want to sell. We learned that Manchester United had made an offer and we made one ourselves.

The news will come as somewhat of a shock to United fans, who until now had believed that the club were ultimately not interested in signing the Welsh winger.

Whether or not this claim from Perez—who hasn't earned much respect in the footballing community over the past few years—is completely true is yet to be determined, but it would certainly be an odd thing to lie about so long after the closing of the window.

If it is true then Red Devils supporters will yet again be scratching their heads as to how they were unable to bring another player to Old Trafford.

Admittedly, in this instance one can perhaps forgive the champions' backroom staff for failing to lure Bale to the club.

Eventually leaving Spurs for a fee widely reported to be £85 million, it would have been no easy feat snagging the 24-year-old.

Many would argue that while Bale is a fantastic player, this is an absurd amount of money to be spending on any player that isn't named Cristiano or Lionel. 

Perhaps failing on this occasion was a blessing in disguise for United.

Nonetheless, it's an intriguing revelation, and food for thought when it comes to the left-hand side of the United attack—let's not forget the attempted acquisition of Fabio Coentrao and Leighton Baines (defenders, yes—but both provide a solid attacking option also). 

Clearly Moyes had plans for the left which never came to fruition—perhaps further explanation of why Ashley Young is being played in desperation by the new United boss. 

A partnership of Baines and Bale down the left-hand flank of the field would have undoubtedly put United's attack on a par with some of the best teams in the world.

Then again, with the money being thrown into the Bale transfer, it's pretty likely that the club would not have been making any other notable signings over the summer. 

Aside from the action on the pitch, this is worryingly another sign of United being unable to get the man they wanted.

The club were linked with the likes of Thiago Alcantara, Christian Eriksen and Mesut Ozil (to name just a few) who all would eventually go on to join other teams—in the case of the latter two, questionably sides "below" United in the English pecking order.

While transfers like this don't mean that the age of United's dominance is at an end, it certainly does suggest that right now the club is severely lacking the influence of David Gill—who stepped down from his role as chief executive earlier this year.

There have been plenty of times over the years when the Red Devils had a quiet summer in regards to arrivals—but in these cases, that was primarily due to a lack of interest on their own part. This year that wasn't the case, with the English champions looking to snag a variety of players.

This failure shows a lack of experience from the new United leaders, headed by Ed Woodward, but is something (as was demonstrated at Manchester City with the Kaka deal) that can be improved upon in time. 

In layman's terms: United fans shouldn't be too concerned in the long term about the club's poor showing this summer.

As for  Bale, well, the Welshman would have been a great signing, but for the price he joined Madrid at, perhaps this was the best outcome for all clubs involved.