(GSM) – Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson feels Bebé might be a ‘special’ talent after the player made his senior debut in the League Cup tie against Scunthorpe on Wednesday.
Bebé came on from the bench, playing the final 16 minutes in United’s impressive 5-2 victory.
The Red Devils manager decided to move for the 20-year-old Portuguese striker after he was alerted his potential by a club scout in Portugal.
Ferguson said his signing of Bebé was ‘instinctive’ and revealed that the player was not physically ready for action when he first arrived at Old Trafford.
“It was one of those instinctive things, you have a smell about something and you take it,” Ferguson told CNN.
“We have a scout in Portugal, where we asked him about this young player playing in the second division in Portugal.
“He’d only played three or four games and our scouts insisted that we should sign him.
“It was a bit of a leap into the dark really, because we hadn’t seen him play.
“We sent one our scouts down… to see him play in the last game before we signed him and then he comes up and says there’s something exceptional here, we’re maybe seeing something really special, and so we took the gamble.
“So he’s joined us but physically, he wasn’t ready, hasn’t done a proper pre-season, so the last few weeks since he’s joined, we’ve been working on him physically.”
Ferguson was not on the United bench for the League Cup tie as he preferred to fly to Spain in order to scout UEFA Champions League opponents Valencia as they hosted Atlético Madrid in the Primera Division.
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