Bebe (circled) with Little Pea, Fergie and Big Chris Smalling
BEBE, who Man Utd signed for £7m despite Alex Ferguson never having seen him play, is playing so badly in training that he was withdrawn from United’s reserves last night – so says the Mirror. Oops – I guess that can happen when you sign a player you know almost nothing about.
The 20-year-old Portuguese forward, who was raised in a youth shelter, was supposed to make his United debut against Manchester City’s second-string Elite Squad but was withdrawn after discussions between Fergie and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, now coaching the reserves at Old Trafford. Ole is believed to have said: “Gaffer, he’s no Bebe-faced assassin…”, to which Fergie replied, “I don’t get it.”
It’s been reported that Bebe’s first touch and close control are not up to the standard required by United. You could have said that about Darren Fletcher when he started out at Old Trafford, mind.
Yeah, so, um… hands up if you saw this coming?
In fairness to the player, to make the move from Vitoria Guimaraes to one of the biggest clubs in the world must be extremely daunting, and I imagine he’s so overawed that he’s not doing himself justice.