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OPINION: Could Bebe prove to be an Old Trafford star?

Manchester United’s Portuguese winger Bebe, who is currently on loan with Paços de Ferreira, has had a season in the limelight in his native Portugal, scoring some world class goals and putting I’m some performances which could get him noticed by Portugal coach Paulo Bento ahead of the squad being picked for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer.

Bebe has scored 11 goals in 29 appearances this season in the Primeira Liga, which considering he has been considered a flop at Old Trafford, there is a chance that he could have bettered himself since going on loan at the start of the season. In fact most of his time at the Old Trafford club has been spent on loan whether at Beşiktaş, Rio Ave or with Paços de Ferreira. Bebe has only made seven appearances for United since signing for the club, with his least appearance over three years ago. He does have a 100% record in the UEFA Champions League though, scoring a goal against Bursaspor in the 2010/11 season of the competition.

Because Bebe has put in some great performances this season, he has been linked with moves to various clubs with Portuguese sides Benfica and SC Braga both showing interest in the player, but speaking recently on Portuguese channel TV Sport, Bebe said:

“The rumours about Benfica and other clubs do not affect me. I still have the desire to do my best for Pacos de Ferreira.

“At the end of the season I will talk to my agent and decide what is best for me.”

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With this summers FIFA World Cup fastly approaching, I am sure Paulo Bento will have had the Portuguese winger watched as he could be a possible wild card entry into the squad for this summers elite competition. Bebe has been scoring for fun, against Marítimo (3), Académica Coimbra (1), Sporting de Braga (1), Olhanense (1), Vitória de Guimarães (1), Arouca (2), Belenenses (1) and Sporting (1).

With the fact that Nani, who will most likely be selected for the Portuguese side which will travel to Brazil this summer, despite being either injured or not utilised by United this summer, Bebe could be a better option as he is match fit and ha the ability and determination to score goals, most against smaller sides in the Portuguese league, but when you consider Paços de Ferreira’s lowly league position, he’s actually raised expectations by scoring against teams who are higher placed than his relegation threatened club.

Bebe has another year left on his United contract and he is not ruling out a return to the Old Trafford club when his loan spell expires at the end of the season. The damage may have already been done as United manager David Moyes did not utilise the winger during pre-season last summer and he was left to play for Warren Joyce’s U21 side before heading out on loan. I think Bebe has had his chance at United and won’t be used in his final season at the club, the fact the player will speak to his agent at the end of the season, means he knows that he will not be offered a new contract at United, so his agent will try and find a new club for him. Portugal seems to be the place where he has got himself noticed, so probably a permanent move to a Portuguese club would be better for him.

By Paul Bienkowski

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