20% shooting accuracy - Manchester United flop Bebe struggles again in Europa League

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Manchester United loanee Bebe could not build on his weekend goal to help out his new side in the Europa League.

Manchester United took the decision to loan out Bebe on transfer deadline day, a move which came as little surprise to anybody.

The player bought for £7 million in 2011 has never looked anything like that value and is now into his third loan spell away from the club.

He signed with Pacos de Ferreira, third in Portugal's Primeira Liga last season, and has been playing Europa League football for them.

How many of his crosses did Bebe complete in his first Europa League game?

He was described by coach Costinha, the man who scored the goal to eliminate Manchester United from the Champions League in 2004, as a 'quality player' upon arrival.

Bebe though had little success in his first Europa League match away to Fiorentina, Pacos de Ferreira lost 3-0. He was shoved out on the wing, and completed just two out of eight crossing attempts.

This time he went into their game with added confidence. Bebe scored in Pacos' 4-3 win over Maritimo at the weekend, who also happened to be the side he opened his account against in a loan spell with Rio Ave earlier in 2013.

He was played up front in Thursday evening's game against Romanian side Pandurii - which ended in a 1-1 draw.

And here's the bad news. Bebe's shooting was woeful.

The 23-year-old had five efforts on goal, but one one was on target, an accuracy rate of just 20 per cent. His side needed more than that, and they badly needed a victory over a side considered to be the group minnows, beaten easily by Ukrainains Dnipro in their first game.

The rest of Bebe's game was not spectacular either. His pass completion rate was 73 per cent, the lowest of any outfield player in the Pacos team on the night.

And then there was the crossing again, a weak point highlighted even in his brief on-pitch time at United; he attempted two when he drifted wide, and not one found a teammate.

He did make two key passes, resulting in goalscoring opportunities, but these his teammates were unable to convert. This was not his fault; perhaps on another night we would have been talking about Bebe running the opponent ragged as he made two assists but it was not to be.

Bebe has in all likelihood given up on a future at Old Trafford, but if he really wants to make a name for himself in his homeland he will have to sharpen up - or opportunities as a starter on this stage may even become a distant memory for him.

image: © Andrea Sartorati

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