Manchester United round-up: Ed Woodward desperate for mega-deal; reaction to Celta Vigo win; Gareth Bale available

The Manchester Evening News claim that Ed Woodward remains convinced and desperate to ensure that he is capable of bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, after a stint at Real Madrid has seen him become one of the world’s best players. David Moyes was reportedly hopeful that he would return during his reign.

It is thought that Sir Alex Ferguson was also confident that the former number seven would return to Manchester, which may still happen with the Portuguese superstar still considered one of the greatest players of all time at 32-years-old. However, Woodward’s hopes of achieving the deal, as much to please shareholders as fans, could be easier said than done.

Any hopes would be massively boosted by competing in the Champions League next season, and the Red Devils took a step closer to that as they secured a narrow 1-0 win in the first leg of their semi-final against Celta Vigo. Post-match, Jose Mourinho reacted, telling the club website:

“I’m very pleased with the performance, not so pleased with the result. At half-time, it should be already two [-nil] and the result is open. I think we played enough to have the result closed so next week, big match at Old Trafford. We played well enough to have the result closed but we have to go and play at Old Trafford. We tried to win the match but we missed chances.”

Marcus Rashford’s second half free-kick proved the difference between the two sides before the striker limped off injured, but the result puts the team in a good position ahead of a second leg tie at Old Trafford next week with an away goal as well as a first leg lead.

Another superstar target for the club is Gareth Bale according to the Manchester Evening News, as they report on quotes from Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda on El Chiringuito in which he said:

“The club is considering the possibility of selling a player and there are serious doubts with Benzema and Bale about the issue of their injuries. I think it will continue next season but if it continues this way he will be sold next summer.”

Bale has had a frustrating season this campaign with injuries disrupting his year and struggling for form when he has been fit enough to play, and Real Madrid may look to cut their losses with several options up-front and Bale proving to be an expensive name to have on the sidelines.

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