JOSE Mourinho has finally put the tin lid on the rumour box that contained the ‘story’ of Gareth Bale joining Manchester United.
After United’s Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid last night, Mourinho admitted it was ‘game over’ in terms of bringing the Welsh wizard back to the Premier League.
The Reds Devils’ boss conceded that Real chiefs want to keep Bale; the manager wants to keep him – and the player is happy.
Maybe Bale will return to the Premier one day; but not now. Despite making just 17 starts under Zinedine Zidane last season.
The Real boss still sees him as a key player – like Ronaldo and like the unbelievable Isco – and is not interested in selling. Whatever the price.
Bale, who joined the Spanish giants from Spurs in 2013, signed a lucrative new contract which should keep him at the Bernabeu until 2022.
He was instrumental in last night’s Super Cup victory in Skopje when, for the most part, United were second best.
Romelu Lukaku gave United some hope after they had gone 2-0 down, but missed a couple of other chances that cost his side dear. He’s still settling in.
Fellow new signing Nemanja Matic was outstanding and showed the class United will need if they are to mount a serious Premier League challenge.
Marcus Rashford, for all his endeavours, still needs to work on his decision-making in the final third. That will come with experience and advice from those around him.
New arrival Victor Lindelof looked accomplished at the back and we rate him among the best defenders in the top flight. If only he had Virgil Van Dijk alongside him!
Mourinho said he was obviously disappointed not to add the Super Cup to his United trophy collection, but feels the team and his future plans are on track. The best group of players he has worked with, apparently. Time will tell.