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Hero! Manchester United loanee Bebe nets 9th in 11 games to save side from relegation

Manchester United loanee Bebe is proving an unlikely hero in Portugal.

No conversation about Sir Alex Ferguson's worst ever signings is complete without Bebe's name being thrown into the mix.

But while the Portuguese attacker deals with that stigma, he is doing his very best to move on from it, and this season has made positive strides.

He has spent the season on loan at Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal, who have had a disappointing season, but on a personal level he has hit form.

Still only 23, Bebe's career is finally back on an upwards curve after being derided as a laughing stock for essentially, being put into a situation at United which was too much too soon for him.

Last night he was called into action for Pacos for a relegation play-off match with Aves.

And it didn't take him long to make his mark, curling in an impressive free-kick from 25 yards out to open the scoring in the first half.

Pacos went onto win 3-1, Bebe ending the season as a hero thanks to his end of season form, with nine goals in his last 11 games.

This season he ends the campaign with 14 goals, the highest in a single season so far in his short career.

Not long ago there was even talk in Portugal for him to make the World Cup squad, although clearly proved premature, it was demonstrative of the progress he has made.

Bebe has certainly sent a message this campaign, that he may yet have a bright future, if not at the very highest level.

Expecting him to play for Manchester United again may be pushing it, but there could just be a scramble for his signature in his homeland this summer.

You can view Bebe's free-kick here

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