Ryan Giggs: 'Manchester United could win Champions League with Gareth Bale'

Gareth Bale after Real Madrid's Champions League final victory over Juventus on June 6, 2017
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Ryan Giggs claims that if Manchester United bought Gareth Bale, then the club would be genuine contenders for the Champions League.

Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has claimed that the club would be serious contenders for Champions League glory if Gareth Bale were part of the team.

The Real Madrid star, who moved to the Bernabeu from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013, was heavily linked with a switch to Old Trafford in the summer.

United manager Jose Mourinho made it clear that he wanted to sign the Wales international, but a transfer never came to fruition.

The Red Devils will return to the Champions League after a 644-day absence this evening when they take on Basel on home soil, but Giggs believes that the team are not yet good enough to go all the way.

"You look at the current Manchester United team and you wonder if they can they win the Champions League? Have they got the players to win it?" Giggs told Sky Sports News.

"They're probably a little bit short at the moment. You've got Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, if he fulfils his potential, Marcus Rashford, David de Gea, a world-class player, and then if you add somebody like Gareth Bale to the mix, that's when you talk about United having Champions League expectations.

"Obviously, Mourinho has won the trophy before so we're going to be there or thereabouts, but whether we've got the players to go the whole way, I don't know."

United will also face CSKA Moscow and Benfica in Group A.

Gareth Bale during the Champions League match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on May 28, 2016
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