Man Utd news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer asked about Gareth Bale transfer | Football | Sport


The Norwegian has won 14 of 18 matches since replacing Jose Mourinho after he was sacked in December.

Solskjaer was initially only appointed on a temporary basis with United reportedly having been keen on Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham.

But the interim manager’s tremendous success and his popularity among the United fans is expected to see him handed the reigns full time sooner or later.

The 46-year-old has already revealed that he is planning for the club’s long-term future – regardless of whether or not he is appointed as permanent boss.

And one player heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent years is Real Madrid winger Bale.

The Welshman has endured a tough season at the Bernabeu and has been loudly booed by supporters recently.

And suggestions that Bale will depart Los Blancos in the summer have increased after Zinedine Zidane was reappointed as manager earlier this week.

The former Tottenham forward did not see eye-to-eye with Zidane in his previous spell in charge and just hours after scoring two goals off the bench to win Madrid the Champions League final last May, publicly revealed he was thinking about his future.

United are one of few clubs who could make a move for the 29-year-old, who reportedly brings in around £650,000-a-week in the Spanish capital.

While United would be reluctant to splash out such high wages given the disappointment they have endured with another ageing wide-man in Alexis Sanchez, who is thought to be on around £500,000-a-week, since he arrived from Arsenal a little over a year ago.

And Solskjaer refused to reveal whether or not – like predecessor Jose Mourinho – he has interest in signing Bale, and insists United must make sure they sign players who are good long-term acquisitions.

“I can’t really comment on Gareth Bale or specific names because they’re property of other clubs,” Solskjaer said.

“But we should look for quality players, definitely, and players who could improve us as a team.

“There’s so many factors you need to think about when you sign players.

“It’s not easy – I don’t know if it’s easy either – when you’re in the media or when you’re a supporter, you can think short-term.

“We’ve got to think about the longevity as well, who’s going to fit in personality-wise.

“So, there’s so many things that we need to think about.”

Bale broke the British transfer record with his £85m switch to Real Madrid in 2013 but largely due to injuries has been restricted to just 147 La Liga appearances – which have yielded 77 goals and 42 assists – in five-and-a-half seasons.

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