Posts Tagged ‘Bebe’
After spending last season watching Bebe struggle to make an impact and Mame Diouf achieve similar on Thursday night against New England Revolution, I was reminded of Manucho. Manchester United have an unusually rich history of spending decent money on random strikers from abroad who are woefully short of the class required to make an impact. I have previously discussed the fate of Jovan Kirovski, the first American to play for the club. Manucho is very much part of the same crowd.
Manucho began his career in Luanda, for the Benfica club. A strange club, that one, as they use the same colours, name and logo as the Portuguese giants, but don’t appear to have any sort of link to them. At 19 he moved to a club called Petro Atletico, where he managed 34 goals in 78 games and broke into the Angolan national team. He was spotted by former assistant manager Carlos Quieroz, invited for a three-week trial at Carrington, and snapped up in January 2008.
When Manchester United signed Bebe last summer, I really wanted it to turn out to be some sort of left-field masterstroke, the sort of transfer that only ever happened on Football Manager when you use the cheat scouting programs to find the world-class youngsters in the Tibetan Second Division.
However, turns out that the grinning idiots that support other clubs were right. Bebe isn’t up to scratch and looks likely to be shipped out to Turkey in the next week or so. £7.4 million down the drain, minus whatever we can recoup from Besiktas.
The ever reliable Daily Star is reporting that Ferguson is going to get rid of Gabriel Obertan and Bebe at the end of the season.
An insight into the way these papers come up with their headlines can be gleaned from conclusion the Star has jumped to based on the following quote;
“It was a terrible performance from us in the second half. Some players came in and didn’t do themselves justice, no doubt about that. In the second half, we weren’t at the races and it was disappointing. We might have some players who don’t understand what the FA Cup is all about. That is the biggest lesson for
Ferguson clearly stating that Obertan and Bebe are the two specifically he is referring to, and that they will be leaving in the summer.
Now, whilst Gabriel Obertan and Bebe came in and were both poor, he could just as easily be referring to the quiet Javier Hernandez, the pedestrian Darron Gibson, or Wayne Rooney who, in a 45 minutes of football against non-leaguers, contributed nothing but a stupid booking.
Fergie also uses the word “lesson”. This suggests that he is still happy to work with his players, and that he sees this as a possibly positive experience for them in the long term.
After all, Bebe was bought in as a project, and we can’t be jumping to conclusions yet, and whilst Obertan’s lack of progress is a little worrying (as I have previously mentioned), we can’t be making rash judgements on the back of one game.
Let’s see how they respond to this, and give them time to come good. After all, we gave Ronaldo three seasons to come good, and my word, he did.
Our game against Crawley was an absolute waste of time to watch. The non-league side didn’t really have much of a go. They ran around a bit and tried very hard, but their real chances were limited to one header which Lindegaard had covered. Read the rest of this entry »
Neil Warnock has revealved that Adel Taarabt has been watched by United scouts recently – and that a temper tantrum which saw him substituted in the first half against Hull has cost him his chance of making the move, at least in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »