Former Manchester United player Bebe loaned out just months after leaving Old Trafford

One-time Manchester United player Bebe will spend the rest of the season away from Benfica.

Former Manchester United player Bebe is to be loaned to Spanish side Cordoba for the second half of the season, after his permanent move to Benfica failed to go as many expected.

The 24-year-old signed for the Portuguese champions for a reported £2.4million last summer, leaving United after just seven senior appearances and a number of loan spells.

It was the last of these – at Pacos de Ferreira – that led to his Benfica transfer, with the winger-cum-forward scoring 14 goals during his temporary spell at the Primeira Liga club.

Some even tipped him for a surprise World Cup call-up off the back of last season’s form, but that did not happen, and his early months at Benfica suggest he still has a long way to go before he fully loses the ‘flop’ tag he got during his time at United.

Bebe has played just 25 minutes of league football for Benfica, spending the first five matches of the campaign as an unused substitute and not even making the match-day squad for nine of the next 10 games.

Aside from a brief cameo against Gil Vicente, Bebe has featured just three times in the Champions League (for a total of 110 minutes) and once in the Portuguese Cup.

But now newspaper A Bola reports that Bebe will spend the next few months on loan at Cordoba, where he will be hoping to get back on the goal-scoring trail and kick-start a career that is yet to fully take off.

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