Should Bebe be given another chance at Manchester United?

Going down as one of Sir Alex Ferguson's worst signings, the Portuguese player has turned around his fortunes somewhat this season at Pacos de Ferreira.

United's forgotten man, Portuguese winger Bebe, has long been held up as one of the club's poorest transfers in recent years.

Signed 4 years ago after one season in the Portuguese second division on the recommendation of Carlos Queiroz, the youngster struggled to have any impact at Old Trafford, before heading out on a variety of loans where he continued to struggle.

As recently as last summer, when Sir Alex Ferguson, the man who signed him, retired, Bebe looked a €9 million lost cause.

But this year, on loan at Superliga strugglers Pacos de Ferreira, Bebe has shone, netting 15 goals over the season to keep Os Castores in the division. This included a goal in the relegation playoff. Such form saw him on the cusp of the Portugal World Cup team.

Interestingly for Bebe, when he was signed by United he had a whole clutch of talented widemen playing at the top of their game ahead of him. Compatriot Nani and Antonio Valencia were in the form of their life and were very much first choice, while the next season Ashley Young joined and looked the real deal. Those three wingers have all struggled in the season just gone, and with few coaches at the club that can remember Bebe's dark days, it may be a case that the 23-year-old returns to Carrington with not just a clean slate, but also as one of the team's form wingers.

On top of that, Louis van Gaal's tendency to play with wingers as wide forwards rather than wide midfielders may play into Bebe's hands, for example, Antonio Valencia is less comfortable in such an attacking position. Also, at 6ft 3in he offers something no other attacking player on the books does, an aerial presence in all offensive moves.

Whether Van Gaal looks to incorporate Bebe into the first team picture for next year is likely to depend on how he fares once training resumes in July, but given as others will start later after any World Cup exploits, he has a head start on making an impression.

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