It might not seem plausible at all, but in the twisted world of football, anything is possible. I am not a fan of conspiracy theories, unless there is some credible evidence to back it up, but I have to admit that the information I received last night made me think twice!

Sir Alex Ferguson has made it clear that he is in the market for a marquee signing this summer. It has also become clear, just by simple deduction, that the short list of players is Bale, Ronaldo, Lewandowski and Modric. Obviously, he cannot and will not bid on all of them, but there are good reasons why he would not want Tottenham to make a Champions League place in the Premier League table this season. It is likely that there will be a bid for Gareth Bale as a number one priority, despite the sabre rattling of Tottenham chairman, Daniel Levy.

For Bale to even consider leaving Tottenham, he would firstly have to know that they will NOT be in the Champions League next season, i.e. they will finish outside the top four. Until United played Chelsea yesterday, Tottenham were in a strong position to edge Chelsea out of fourth place and get that prized spot. However, Sir Alex made sure that Chelsea stayed ahead in the race by fielding a second string team. Furthermore, the players did not seem to care one jot about the game. People will say that it was simply a case of they had already won the title, so what the hell! However, if that is the case, why did Sir Alex play a full strength team against Arsenal?

It is obvious that there has been a bit of gerrymandering of results here to ensure that:-
1/ Tottenham do not make fourth place and miss out on the Champions League

2/ In that event, Bale may well be open to a move to a team that IS in the Champions League next season.

Do not ever think that this sort of chicanery does not go on. Here is a report of a fixed result from Wikipedia:-

"Another example took place on the next-to-last weekend of the 1992–93 Serie A season. Milan entered their match with Brescia needing only a point to secure the title ahead of crosstown rivals Inter, while Brescia believed a point would be enough for them to avoid relegation. In a 2004 retrospective on the "dodgiest games" in football history, two British journalists said about the match, "For over 80 minutes, the two teams engaged in a shameful game of cat-and-mouse, in which the cat appeared to have fallen asleep and the mouse was on tranquilisers." Milan scored in the 82nd minute, but Brescia "mysteriously found themselves with a huge overlap" and equalised two minutes later. The 1–1 draw gave Milan their title, but in the end did not help Brescia; other results went against them and they suffered the drop."

It does go on and I think that the FA should at least ask Ferguson why he played a weakened team against Chelsea, but not against Arsenal?