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Tuesday, 07 May 2013

Manchester United: Bale or Ronaldo - who would you rather have at Old Trafford?


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It has been reported that Sir Alex Ferguson has been given permission to sign one marquee player this summer and it looks as though that may mean the return of Ronaldo or the arrival of the new star on the block Gareth Bale. But who would you rather see at Old Trafford?

Both Bale and Ronaldo are likely to cost United in excess of £60 million. That's an awful lot of money, but then both of them deliver the goods every time they step on to the pitch.

Ronaldo unitedUnited fans know all about the joys of Cristiano Ronaldo. Fergie signed him from Sporting Lisbon in 2003 for £12m and it took a bit of time for the youngster to settle to life in the Premier League but boy, when he did, he was simply sensational. Defenders were left with their head spinning with he came along and even the best keepers in the world were made to look stupid with his sublime free-kicks. In 2007/08, Ronaldo scored an incredible 42 goals in 49 appearances for the Red Devils as they clinched the league and Champions League double. 

A year later though Ronaldo joined the Spanish giants Real Madrid for £80m - a great bit of business by Sir Alex - and his scoring feats have gone off the chart. The Portuguese winger has scored 199 goals in 196 appearances for Madrid and is quite rightly talked about as one of the best players in the world.

Bale scoresGareth Bale though is the man of the moment in the Barclays Premier League. The Welshman has swept the board at the recent awards ceremonies, picking up the PFA Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and the Football Writers' Player of the Year, and he continues to keep Spurs pushing for a Champions League place almost single handedly.

Bale has come to Tottenham's rescue time and time again with vital goals and his price tag increases with every single game. The former Southampton man can score with either foot and is just as clinical in the air as he is on the deck. Bale only needs a sniff of a chance and he can punish you. 

At 23, Bale has plenty of time to improve and there's no better teacher than Sir Alex. Ronaldo, five years his elder, is at his peak, but the Portuguese international has a great appetite for the game and, like Fergie, is a born winner.

Both Bale and Ronaldo would be huge additions to the United squad and will likely mean there will be some departures from the Theatre of Dreams, but if you were in Fergie's shoes and could only sign one, who would you go for and why?

Whatever your view, we'd love to hear from you.

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