Manchester United flop defying Barcelona and inspiring La Liga success story

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Do you remember baby? Manchester United fans were deeply confused when Sir Alex Ferguson revealed it in 2010 – and even the manager didn’t seem overly convinced.

Ferguson has admitted to never seeing his new signing in action, with the midfielder only turning professional the year before in the Portuguese Second Division.

The move was one of the strangest in United history, and it lived up to expectations, with Bebe looking out of depth in his rare appearances at Old Trafford.

He only made seven appearances before leaving the club in 2014, becoming a rare spot on Ferguson’s notebook.



Sir Alex Ferguson admitted he never saw Bebe play before signing him

These days, however, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Bebe might not have been the worst option for United, with the 31-year-old involved in what could be the shocking achievement of the season.

The midfielder is now plying his trade in La Liga with Rayo Vallecano, a club historically considered a minnow in Spain, but they threaten to reach new heights.

They are currently in the top four, having edged out rivals Atletico Madrid after another loss for Diego Simeone’s side, Vallecano taking full advantage with a 2-0 victory over Alaves.

Where they would end the season there they would of course qualify for next season’s Champions League which would be quite an achievement which was as low as tier three in 2008.

Bebe certainly played his part in Vallecano’s emergence as a contender for Europe, having been part of two promotions in five years, and he’s not the only United flop to make a name for himself.

Radamel Falcao defied expectations after leaving Galatasaray in September, scoring five league goals in 10 appearances to help Vallecano achieve vital victories, including a 1-0 win over Barcelona in October.

Falcao is of course remembered at Old Trafford for his disappointing loan in the 2014/15 season, with the Colombian star showing the effects of previous knee injuries as he has never looked to be the best with United.

He and Bebe have both been given a new lease of life at Vallecano, and they hope they can inspire their team to a remarkable achievement in La Liga this season.

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