The Doc’s Prescription - Bebe - A Strange Transfer Deal?

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 10, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson before the Barclays Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday December 10, 2011. See PA story SOCCER Man Utd. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

It’s not too often that Sir Alex Ferguson and his scouting team get things wrong, but the £7.5 million paid for Portuguese strike Bebe is one deal that could not be described as profitable or rewarding

United’s decision to pay so much money for a virtual unknown player caused quite a stir at the time, but everyone just assumed that Sir Alex had pulled another ‘rabbit out of the hat.’

Unfortunately, this was one deal which didn’t work out and Bebe made just THREE appearances for United - all of those in cup competitions.

The striker is currently on loan with Turkish club, Besiktas and all the indications are that he will be sold on this summer.

Sir Alex, rather strangely, has admitted that he never actually saw the player in action but that he had watched videos to assess Bebe’s overall ability.

Some United insiders believe that Carlos Queiros, Ferguson’s former No. 2, had been a major influence in the signing of the player.

However, it has since transpired that the Portuguese police are now investigating the transfer to United because some of the money has, allegedly, gone missing!

On the playing front it just goes to show that even at this level of the game, signing players remains a significant gamble!

Read more from the Doc in the Journal every Tuesday