Fergie rues missed opportunity with Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale, Tottenham HotspurTottenham winger Gareth Bale could have been a Manchester United player says Sir Alex Ferguson, who insists he had a bid turned down.

The Wales international has emerged as one of the top players in the English top flight, becoming only the second player to win the Football Writers’ award in the same season as the PFA Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards.

The former Southampton man’s goals have been crucial in guiding the north London club to the Europa League quarter-finals – where they were eventually knocked out by Basel – and maintaining their push for a top-four finish.

The Red Devils boss insists that he made an offer for the youngster when he was still at the south coast club, only to see it overlooked with Spurs handed the opportunity to snap him up.

Ferguson said: “We were disappointed in Southampton at the time because we were first there, but they never came back to us.

“It was not the boy who turned us down, it was Southampton, then a few weeks later he signed for Tottenham Hotspur.

“He (Bale) was a left-back when we tried to sign him. It wasn’t until Harry (Redknapp) went to Tottenham that he converted him into a wide left player.”

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