Man Utd were interested in signing Gareth Bale from Southampton before his move to Tottenham in 2007.

Gareth Bale moved to Tottenham in 2007 following interest from United

Former Southampton manager George Burley has revealed how close Gareth Bale came to joining Manchester United earlier in his career.

Wales international Bale burst onto the scene playing on the South Coast and was named Football League Young Player of the Year in his first season.

After an incredible debut year there was plenty of interest in the then 17-year-old ahead of the summer window, and Burley says United were one of the clubs interested in a deal for the teenager.

Bale would eventually go on to join Tottenham in the summer of 2007, but not before Burley met with Sir Alex Ferguson to discuss the possibility of a move to Old Trafford.Continue reading

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