Club Focus – Manchester United – Magpies await United as Ferguson springs Bebe surprise

Whilst various members of his squad were widely dispersed playing for their respective countries in midweek, Sir Alex Ferguson was busy on his own trip away from Old Trafford to spring another transfer surprise on Manchester United fans.

Having signed Javier Hernandez in April without a single column inch of anticipation from the nation’s press, the manager has now produced a piece of business that comes even more out of leftfield. Chicharito may not have been anything approaching a household name in England but he had at least begun to make his mark on the international scene with four goals in as many games for Mexico at the time his signing was announced. The same cannot be said for the latest arrival, little known Portuguese striker Bebe. The closest the 20-year-old has come to wearing his country’s shirt has been in the Homeless World Cup, with the player’s unusual childhood spent on the streets and in an orphanage the most prominent element of his back story to have thus far been uncovered by the media.

Quite how the transfer has come about is still unclear. That United have triggered a release clause in the region of £7.5m to free him from his contract appears to be concrete fact. What is more puzzling is the fact that Bebe had only been at his current club, Portuguese top flight side Vitoria de Guimar

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