Nobody will ever truly know why Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United ever bought Bebe, for £7.4 million, even before he ever played a competitive top flight league match in his career. Bebe was the mystery man in the summer of 2010 has finally left the club, signing with Portuguese Benfica. Supposedly gaining interest from Real Madrid and other top European clubs in 2010 with his talents in Portuguese lower divisions, former United assistant coach Carlos Queiroz urged Ferguson to act fast.
United would sign the unknown player before anyone at the club even saw him play a match. The rest of his tenure with Manchester United would be a nightmare, for both United and Bebe. A player not nearly good enough for the Premiership, spend most of his time on the reserves bench or on loan. Bebe only started three matches for United in his 4 years with the club. Never once in league play. He never scored for United either in a competitive match. His only United goal came in a preseason 1-1 draw against Ajax Cape Town.
The Bebe signing will go down in history as one of the worst in club history. To make matters worse for Bebe, Ferguson was offered James Rodriguez that summer as well, and opt to go with Queiroz’s gut feeling and Bebe instead. Since, Rodriguez has become a household name, a World Cup star and the latest big money signing by Real Madrid.
Inconsistency and controversy followed Bebe too. Along with his agent, he was investigated by Portuguese police into corruption into the transfer that led him to Manchester. And even on loan, at Beskitas and Rio Ave FC, Bebe found little luck. In Turkey he only played 4 matches and with Rio Ave FC, scored just once in 17.
In his most recent loan spell, with Portuguese bottom feeder FC Pacos de Ferreira, Bebe found some consistency and hope. Scored 12 goals in 17 matches which has led to his departure from United to Benfica.
What could have been, what should of been, we’ll never know. The mystery man is now gone.