Rio Ferdinand has insisted that Manchester United should target Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale this summer.
The Red Devils legend, who retired from the game at the end of last season, believes the Welshman is the superstar that the club are in need of.
Taking to Twitter during a Q&A earlier today, Ferdinand named Bale as the realistic player that his former club should swoop for. Bale, of course, is recognised as one of the leading forwards in world football but has recently failed to come to prominence on a consistent basis in La Liga.
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This season has seen the former Tottenham man struggle with injury, limiting him to just 16 appearances in Spain's elite division.
However, he's clearly still a superstar - his 14 goals in 16 league games this term makes impressive reading - and Ferdinand clearly thinks he's the man to lead United back to the good times.
Taking to Twitter, when describing the versatile forward, the former centre-back stated: "Injection of pace.. Superstar.. Goals..."
Anyway, you can see the tweet for yourself here:
United in need
Well, it's clear for all to see that the club are a long way off their former selves. Under the Louis van Gaal regime, United still appear to be lacking in direction. A couple of strong performances are usually followed by defeats - there is a complete lack of consistency at the club right now.
Indeed, the Red Devils are in danger of missing out on Champions League football for the second time in three seasons - they currently sit in sixth place in England's elite division with just nine games remaining - so they have it all to do in pursuit of redemption.
Without the prospect of elite European football at the Theatre of Dreams, it's going to be difficult for the hierarchy to persuade a player in the mould of Bale to join them.
They are most definitely in need of a world-class player and Bale fits the bill. At 26, the Welshman is yet to peak and could still defy his critics and become one of the best players in the world.
On paper, Manchester United and Bale appears to be an ideal fit, but the club's faithful won't be getting their hopes up at this stage. They have seen a great deal of transfer activity go on at the club over the last couple of years, but the majority of it has been underwhelming. They have to get it right this summer.
Manchester United fans: can you see Bale arriving at your club this summer? Have your say below!