Remember that Portuguese player signed by Sir Alex Ferguson despite the Scot never having seen him play?
And that said player was recommended by Carlos Queiroz—a man going through some things right now—and is also affiliated to slick-talking, influential agent Pedro Mendes (who also reps Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho)?
Well, turns out his Old Trafford career isn’t off to the best start.
Take it away, The Guardian: “Bebé, signed from the Portuguese club Vitória de Guimarães for £7.4m, was conspicuously absent when United’s second team took on the Elite Squad – Manchester City’s new name for their reserves – in Hyde. This was supposed to be the first chance for Ferguson to see the 20-year-old in match action but the United manager reconsidered after discussion with the reserves’ coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”
I’m sure it’ll get better for Bebe—we can’t call him the next Ali Dia just yet, thanks to something called “sample size”—but this just adds more fuel to the fire that SAF is doing someone a favor by signing a guy with a playing career that’s even less credible than that of Chris Smalling.
Plus, there’s no real pressing need to rush Bebe through the process—though you can bet that after the flak the club took for signing him, they were hoping for a good opener to calm the critics—so they can take their time getting him up to the level they expect him to be.
Until then, let the Bebe puns continue at a rapid pace while you enjoy the cautionary tale of Mr. Dia below: