Another rotten day for David Moyes, whose desperation for a win was epitomised by the selection of an unfit Robin van Persie in attack. It's looking pretty worrying indeed...
One Mailboxer may have spent lunch in the pub in suggesting Van Persie could go back to Arsenal. Also, some Premier League meh-ing and a fine Acewatch suggestion...
Gareth Bale had only been at Real Madrid for one single day before finding out what the second most important job for any Galactico is at the Santiago Bernabeu - selling shirts. The Welshman had been called into action along with Marcelo and Karim Benzema to launch the team's third strip - something delightful in orange - but showed himself to be more than adept at treading the line between humility and ambition. This diplomatic streak is going to be as handy as the ability to score goals at a club that can be a bit of a snake pit of internal politics.
Bale ticked all the dutiful boxes by claiming that he was as desperate as anyone else for Real Madrid to win their tenth top European title and that Cristiano Ronaldo was, of course, the top dog in the Spanish capital and always will be. This reminder was reinforced by Friday's edition of Marca, which plonked the Portuguese footballer on the front cover, rather than the ubiquitous face of Bale, with the headline of Ronaldo 'going back to his place'. The story inside was referring to a move back to the left wing, but was also a nudge to supporters and media that Ronaldo is still the biggest 'Mega-Crack' at the club.
Even Zinedine Zidane was wheeled out to speak to Real Madrid's TV station to remind everyone that Ronaldo was the best footballer in the world. Zizou also made a correction to an earlier comment which had suggested that no footballer was worth the money Madrid paid for Bale. "I was misinterpreted," claimed the Frenchman, who is a first-team coach at the club, 'when a player is worth so much, it's because he's good."
Madrid's new purchase only trained with his new teammates on Wednesday but already has an idea of the kind of attention and intrusion he can expect in Spain, especially during his first few weeks in La Liga. Questions are constantly being put to other players and managers around the division on whether Bale was too expensive and if it was a bad move to sell Mesut Özil. "It's a difficult life," admitted Gerard Pique to Sky Sports. "You never know how he will adapt to a dressing room like Madrid's with a lot of stars like Cristiano and Benzema."
Whilst Bale may be hoping for a slow introduction to the challenges of the Madrid dressing room, it is possible that the forward will have a lot less time to adapt to life on the pitch at his new home. Injury doubts to Isco - along with the lack of Özil and Kaka - may see some action for the footballer on Saturday night at Villarreal, despite the fact that he is far from match fit. Wales boss Chris Coleman admitted that Bale looked worn out after just 15 minutes in a substitute appearance against Serbia on Tuesday.
The chance of Madrid's latest superstar taking to the pitch for just 15 seconds will be enough for media crews from all over the planet descending on El Madrigal. The scrutiny from the Spanish press alone will be overwhelming with every second of Bale's day on the east coast being filmed, analysed and dissected. If there is one skill that the Welshman will need to perfect before the weekend, it is talking to teammates with a hand covering his mouth, as lip readers are routinely used by Spanish television to root out unguarded comments.
Despite a short existence at the Santiago Bernabeu, Bale has made an impressive start at Real Madrid. He has been open, polite, diplomatic and suitably awe-struck. If this adaptation to life in La Liga is just as positive on the pitch, then then everything will go just fine for Spain's latest footballing obsession.
Tim Stannard - follow him on Twitter
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