Whatever Happened To… Bebe?

Manchester United were featured heavily on transfer deadline day. The ‘would they’, ‘wont they’ sign someone saga went on till the very last seconds, but what most fans wont have noticed is the loan departure of a Portuguese winger.

No, Nani didn’t leave. It was in fact Bebe.

Who? I may here you ask. You’d be perfectly within your rights to forget this man bought for £7.4 million back in August 2010. Having only been at Vitória de Guimarães for five weeks, Sir Alex Ferguson gambled after apparently hearing that Real Madrid had been looking at him as well.

The player had been recommended by former assistant Carlos Quieroz, and I doubt that the former boss ever asked him for advice on players again. Sir Alex didn’t meet the player until the day before the transfer and hadn’t even seen him play.

It will probably go down as one of his more insignificant signings.

Bebe has admitted that he never took life at Manchester United seriously, claiming that he ‘clowned around too much’, so it’s no wonder Sir Alex never played him.

Bebe was shipped out on loan in hope that first team football would help extract some sort of potential back up by United paid that money for him. But unsuccessful times at Besiktas, where he suffered cruciate ligament damage ruling him out for six months, and Rio Ave left him pondering his future at Old Trafford.

David Moyes has obviously not seen enough to deem him worthy of first team football and has also shipped him out on loan, this time to Pacos de Ferreira. You feel that it will take something spectacular for him to ever have a Man United future but anything is possible in football. Liverpool did sign Andy Carroll for £35million after all.