Bebe is returning to Manchester United, after spending a year away from the club. Along with the reports that surfaced on May 24, 2012 comes renewed speculation about Bebe's initial transfer to Manchester United, in 2010. Many fans along, with Portuguese police, wonder if the deal was legal. Their claims deserve to be investigated, and I am not here to say whether Bebe's transfer was legal or not. My purpose is simply to present an argument against the conspiracy theorists.
Bebe's Questionable Transfer to Manchester United
Prior to Bebe's arrival in Manchester, manager Sir Alex Ferguson never saw him play. He signed Bebe, for a lofty sum of £7.4 million, solely on the word of his scout. Many people, myself included, wonder what the motives of the transfer were. Bebe certainly has not earned that much, and most fans, myself included, would not have valued him so highly initially. Nevertheless, allow me to propose an argument for Bebe's transfer.
Sir Alex Ferguson's Management of Manchester United
Perhaps, when he agreed to signed Bebe, Sir Alex Ferguson was merely exercising great faith in his scout. Although he had personally watched every other player he had signed, Ferguson might have been confident in his scout's decision. Hindsight has shown that his decision was terribly mistaken, but he did not have the benefit of these past two years. A manager of any company or club cannot see everything. This may have been the deal Ferguson thought it was wise to delegate.
Bebe Might Perform Yet
Furthermore, Bebe should not be counted out yet. He was playing in Portugal's third division, and then found himself among the best players in the English Premier League. It would not be surprising if a young athlete, such as Bebe, needed some time to develop and adjust to the new level of play. He was sent to Besiktas for that exact purpose, but stupidly broke curfew and was sidelined. The same May 24, 2012 reports that mention Bebe's return state that Manchester United is ready to transfer him, if the club can. If they cannot, he might still develop into a solid player.
Scott Brodie enjoys playing soccer and watching it played internationally. In the third grade, he wrote a paper on England's Soccer Team. Now, he covers the latest developments in soccer news, but he still has a special affinity Manchester United.
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