Bale preferred Man Utd transfer but performed Spurs U-turn after Woodward delay

Gareth Bale was reportedly forced to shelve his plans of joining Manchester United, with Old Trafford bosses taking too long to make a final decision.

The Real Madrid superstar had his return to Tottenham confirmed last month, signing a season-long loan deal with his old club.

However, before his north London return was announced, United had been heavily linked with the 31-year-old.

Bale had been mooted as a potential alternative to Jadon Sancho, as United’s long pursuit of the Borussia Dortmund looks set to come up empty handed.

ESPN (via MailSport) report that the Wales international was keen on a move to United, after being told he was high on their list of targets behind Sancho.

However, after a proposal from Spurs was officially lodged, Bale felt he could no longer wait for Man United to formalise their interest and opted to rejoin his old club.

It’s the latest transfer frustration leaving United fans fearing the worst ahead of Monday’s deadline.

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With days to go, Solskjaer has signed just one player for the senior squad in the shape of Donny van de Beek from Ajax.

Pundits and ex-players alike have slammed the club’s recruitment policy, with United seemingly falling behind their top-four rivals.

Despite that, Solskjaer has hinted that he is happy with the players at his disposal, meaning United supporters could be left disappointed come 11pm on Monday night.

"When we're planning, you've got players here we believe in," Solskjaer said. "Of course, the transfer window is still open for a little while and the club has been working and know my view and we're here to strengthen it in the long-term as well.

"I'm not gonna say what's acceptable or not for other clubs and teams in this difficult period. We'll tell you when and if something happens.”

Bale meanwhile, is unlikely to make his Spurs debut when they face United this weekend.

The winger is still undergoing a recovery programme after his signing, with a debut after the international break now looking most likely.

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