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Bale is what Manchester United need – Yorke

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is the player Manchester United should pursue above all other this summer, according to former Red Devils forward Dwight Yorke.

Having lost out to the Santiago Bernabeu side for the Wales international’s signature in the summer of 2013, United have been long tipped as the likeliest destenation for the 25-year-old, who has decided he wants a move back to the English Premier League, with the former Tottenham Hotspur man having been criticised by the media and fans in Spain.

And Yorke believes Bale should be Old Trafford manager Louis van Gaal’s number one target as he looks to challenge Premier League champions Chelsea to the league title next season.

He told The Sun: “I would get Gareth Bale in, that’s what United need . . . a player who will just take the ball and run.

“He’s British, he’s exciting, he’s quick, fast, he goes past people and that will lift everyone going forward.That would excite everybody.

“And he will be loved here, he will be far more appreciated because the people here know what to expect.

“The Spanish are hard people, they are used to the likes of Romario and Ronaldo — the dribblers with the silky skills.

“In all fairness Bale is not silky — he is a powerhouse with great pace and that’s best for England.

“When he is in full flow he is one of the best in the world. That’s why Madrid paid all the money for him. If I was signing one player for United this summer, it would be him.”

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