Former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra, has revealed that the club was really interested in plotting a double swoop for Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in 2013.
The former France international who spent eight years at Old Trafford, has claimed that during a conversation with former Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson, the legendary coach said he was "99 per cent sure" the club would sign the duo in an attempt to win the Champions League title again before he retires.
"He said: 'My target is I'm 99 per cent sure we will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. I just need these two players to win the Champions League again. Ninety-nine per cent'," Evra said.
"And to be fair, when I speak with Cristiano, I ask him and he said yes to the boss, and was coming to join United. He told me this." Evra told UTD podcast.
Manchester United finished as Premier League champions that season but were knocked out at the last-16 stage in Europe by Ronaldo's Real Madrid – who went on to make the summer signing of Bale from Tottenham for a then-world record transfer fee of € 100m.