Gareth Bale: Criticism will help Real Madrid forward - Ryan Giggs
Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs says criticism of Gareth Bale will only help the Real Madrid forward improve.
Bale, 25, was singled out for criticism after a 4-0 defeat to city rivals Atletico Madrid last month.
Spanish media described the Wales international's performance as a "disaster" and "irrelevant" in Real's worst derby defeat since 1947.
"That's the sort of scrutiny you're under at a top team," said Giggs.
"You see Cristiano Ronaldo under pressure because he hasn't scored for three games," the 41-year-old added.
"His [Bale's] first season was a massive success and because of that it's always tough to carry that one the next season.
"I went through it, and you become a better player because of it."
Bale, who departed Tottenham for a world-record fee in 2013, has scored 14 goals in 35 games in all competitions this season, providing eight assists, while Real top La Liga by two points from Barcelona.