Manchester United will not be offering Gareth Bale an escape route from Real Madrid - after deciding the Welshman is more X-ray Factor than X-Factor. 

As Sunday Mirror Sport revealed in June, the Red Devils were given the chance to take Bale on a season-long loan after Zinedine Zidane told the winger he was no longer wanted at the Bernabau. 

United were in the market for a world-class signing to make a statement of intent.