Forget Ronaldo and sign Bale instead, says Manchester United great.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville says his former side should sign Gareth Bale instead of Cristiano Ronaldo as it won't be the same for the Portuguese if he were to make a return to Old Trafford.

According to widespread reports, both Bale and Ronaldo are on Louis van Gaal's transfer target list, but the United great reckons the best business will be to sign the former Tottenham attacker rather than the current Player of the year.

“I am not sure it is such a good thing for Cristiano to come back” Neville said, reports 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.

“But the idea of coming back as his swansong..... it won’t be the same for him as it was before.

“He does like warm weather. He likes the sun and we know that from when he was here. That’s not a criticism of him, he was just used to that.

“It will not be the same for him as it was before but it won’t be the same for us and I am not sure. It would be about emotion. And I am not sure emotion and sport go together really in that way.”

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