Manchester United winger Bebe had a great season in Portugal playing for Paços de Ferreira, where he scored a few decent goals and was tipped by Portuguese reporters to earn a wild card place in the Portuguese FIFA World Cup squad, but didn’t make it to Brazil. The £7 million winger, who former United manager Sir Alex Ferguson signed in the summer of 2010 has failed to make an impact at the Old Trafford club, being farmed out on loan more often than not. The winger is currently being linked with Benfica, a club the Portuguese thinks would be a ‘great opportunity’ with many United supporters hoping to see it happen. Speaking to Antena 1 but reported by Sky Sports, Bebe said:
“I think it would be a good opportunity for me.
“I’ll now wait for my agent to sort it out. If it’s true or not, he will certainly know better than me.
“Of course, this would be a great opportunity for me. Maybe I could play more and they could count on me. I think it would be a unique opportunity.”
Bebe has made seven appearances for the Old Trafford club in his near four-year career, including a UEFA Champions League match against Bursaspor with United winning 3-0 and Bebe getting himself on the score sheet and a 100% record in the competition based on shots and goals, which just proves in itself that statistics mean nothing in football some of the time. The Portuguese winger is still to learn whether he will be in the plans of new manager Louis van Gaal who will arrive at the club early next week after seeing his Netherlands side secure third place in this summers FIFA World Cup after they beat host nation Brazil 3-0 in Brasília on Saturday evening.
Bebe could have been that rags to riches story at United if he would have become the player he was never seen to be after Sir Alex relying on someone else’s opinion before signing the player without seeing him in action himself. I remember searching Bebe on YouTube in the summer of 2010, which now, looking back shows how YouTube can make a talentless footballer look talented. Bebe is not that bad, he has proved himself in his native Portugal, he has played well and got himself notices by some of the bigger teams and if he is sold to Benfica this summer, I hope he does well. Bebe has just one year remaining on his Old Trafford contract, and I doubt that United would get back much of what they originally paid for the winger, but you win some and you lose some in football.