Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has urged the Red Devils to target a move for Gareth Bale over Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Real Madrid duo have been linked with moves to Old Trafford on a regular basis over the past two years. Ronaldo in particular has been the subject of increased speculation over the past few weeks, and the Portuguese superstar declared that he's still a 'huge supporter' of Manchester United in a recent interview.
Despite how popular a return to Old Trafford would be for Ronaldo, Neville believes his former side would be making a mistake by chasing him - and insists they should go after the man bought to the Bernabeu to replace him instead.
“I am not sure it is such a good thing for Cristiano to come back” he told the Sunday People. "The emotion says come back but do you remember when Newcastle used to bring back their old players to be manager?
“And then Liverpool started doing it and I thought “No. Let’s not start becoming a club like that” and this kind of pining for the past. I don’t really want that. I’d prefer us to get Gareth Bale and that’s no disrespect to Cristiano who I think is possibly the biggest talent I have ever played with - not the best player I ever played with - but the biggest talent.
“He is an amazing player and what he did for two years at United was out of this world and it was a privilege to be part of it."
Bale joined the Spanish giants in 2013 as part of a record-breaking £82 million transfer, and helped the club win a historic 10th European crown, as well as the Copa del Rey, in his first season.
However the former Tottenham winger was forced to deal with adversity following a poor run of form in his second season and was booed by his own fans, which led to claims he could be on the way out of the Bernabeu.
He's featured in just six La Liga games this term thanks to injury, and has managed two goals, with Barcelona the visitors to Madrid next weekend.
A swoop for either Real Madrid star in January is unlikely for Manchester United. The Mirror claim the club are 'monitoring the situation' in Spain and could offer either one a return to the Premier League, but not until the summer at the earliest.