Ferguson hails Bebe's dream move
Published 13/08/2010 | 11:57
Sir Alex Ferguson has described Bebe's £7m move to Manchester United as a fairytale for the 20-year-old.
In Portugal as a character witness for under-fire national team boss Carlos Queiroz, Ferguson took the opportunity to tie up a deal for Bebe, who had spent just five weeks with Vitoria Guimaraes.
Bebe played football in a homeless team during a brief spell on the streets before his potential was spotted by a Portuguese third division team, where he first came to prominence.
Now he will get the chance to feature for one of the world's most famous clubs, which Ferguson admitted is a meteoric rise by anyone's assessment.
"It is a fairytale when you read about his background," said Ferguson.
"But it is one of those things that happens when you identify someone with potential.
"Normally you would assess someone over a longer period of time but other clubs were starting to have a look so we made a quick decision.
"He doesn't speak any English, so that needs to be addressed, and we need to allow him to settle in but sometimes you have to work on an impulse."
Ferguson admitted he was happy United's Barclays Premier League opener with Newcastle has been moved to Monday evening for live television coverage.
Although the drawback is that the Red Devils could find themselves trailing all their major title rivals by kick-off, with so many men away on international duty this week the positives outweigh the negatives.
"It is a blessing for us to have this game on Monday," said Ferguson.
"We have had quite a few players travelling during the week.
"Javier Hernandez was in Mexico, Park Ji-sung has been in South Korea, Rafael Da Silva was in Brazil, Jonny Evans played for Northern Ireland in Montenegro and Nemanja Vidic had a match in Serbia.
"You are always wondering how these players come back and you have to wait until the Friday for a training session."