Bale risks being ‘ruined’ at Old Trafford’s ‘graveyard for flair’

Date published: Thursday 7th January 2016 8:32 - Matthew Briggs

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Tony Cascarino has warned Gareth Bale against signing for Manchester United and says he risks being “ruined” in Louis van Gaal’s “graveyard for flair”.

Bale is reportedly unhappy with the departure of Rafa Benitez, prompting talk that he will seek a move away from the Bernabeu.

New Real boss Zinedine Zidane claimed he would give Bale “the same affection” he was afforded under Benitez, but it has not stopped the speculation with United believed to be leading the chase for the 26-year-old.

But former Chelsea and Republic of Ireland striker Cascarino, in his column in The Times, has warned Bale from signing for Van Gaal and says a move back to the Premier League and United would be a huge mistake for the Wales star.

“There are several possible outcomes for Bale, but the only move he should not make, under any circumstances, is sign for Louis van Gaal, the Manchester United manager,” said Cascarino.

“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, who believes that new Real boss Zidane “may have eyes only for Eden Hazard” and suggests a “straight swap” between Chelsea star Hazard and Bale might have the French boss “drooling”, has pointed to the experience of Angel Di Maria – a player he believes left United a “broken man”.

“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,” added Cascarino.

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