West Ham manager, David Moyes, has admitted there was a “chance” for Gareth Bale to join Manchester United at the start of his Old Trafford tenure but said the Welsh superstar made the right decision to join Real Madrid.
With Bale set to make his second Spurs debut against Moyes’ West Ham side on Sunday, the Scottish manager spoke about his pursuit of the Wales international while he was the manager of the 20-time English champion.
The ex-Everton boss revealed Bale was the first signing he tried to make at Man United and that he thought the club had an opportunity to beat Real Madrid to the player’s signing.
“Gareth Bale was probably the first name I thought of when I got the job,” Moyes said. “I thought Gareth Bale was a Manchester United player. He was the right type.
“United have a great history of wide players with George Best up to Ryan Giggs and a whole lot of other brilliant ones in between.
“I wanted Gareth Bale to be my first signing at Manchester United. But it was already down the road a bit with Real Madrid. I tried to hijack it. I tried to get him. Manchester United offered more money than Real Madrid. They offered more money to the player.
“We did everything we could to try and get the player. We even had a helicopter at the training ground to take him and bring him back. We thought we had a chance. But he chose Real Madrid and he made a brilliant decision because he went on to win four Champions Leagues. He’s had a brilliant career.”