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Friday 22 September 2017

Fergie trips on Bebe step

John Greene

John Greene

I n Danny Cannon's film Goal, a young Mexican boy living illegally in Los Angeles is discovered as a footballing prodigy, and becomes a hero at Newcastle United. It's a classic, fictional rags-to-riches story with all that comes with that territory as the hero propels his club into the lofty heights of the Champions League.

The transfer of the previously unknown Portuguese striker Bebe to Manchester United was heralded as a true-life rags-to-riches tale. Bebe became the first player signed by Alex Ferguson who he had not seen play -- David Bellion? Djemba-Djemba? -- and given the news last week that Bebe is now deemed not even good enough for the reserve team squad, he may well be the last.

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