Can Bebe realise his potential at Manchester United?

The Portuguese striker has made the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the Premier League whilst he has been on the books at Old Trafford.

Is he really well and truly out of his depth at one of the world’s best clubs or just a talent waiting to be showcased?

There will be several Man United fans who would not even entertain this debate. It has been accepted that this was a rare rash judgement from Sir Alex Ferguson who got trapped in by media hype suggesting Real Madrid interest.

A fee of £7 million has been dismissed as ludicrous in several footballing quarters.  When Bebe did step out on to the pitch he made less of an impression than a fountain pen without an ink cartridge.

He put in a man of the match display as Rio Ave managed to beat Sporting Lisbon in their latest outing, which could signs of life and vitality and life in the attacker after all.

Ferguson once dismissed Diego Forlan to the scrapheap and Arsene Wenger has now done similar to Carlos Vela as both went on to flourish in Spain.

The greatest managers hate to make the same mistake twice, so even though Bebe should have initially been ignored, Man United may very well land on their feet with a talent coming back to their club when he returns in the summer.