Evra relies on faith for season finale

Sunderland versus Manchester United, Premier League, Stadium of Light, 13 May 2012, 3pm.

The final weekend, and another title won or lost for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. The drama, so those in charge of TV schedules tell us, couldn’t be greater, with the Premier League decided at the 38th game of another unpredictable season. Yet, for many Manchester United fans it is a campaign ending in an altogether […]

Bébé: a deal gone wrong from the start


Reserve forward Tiago Manuel Dias Correia – Bébé – will join Beşiktaş on loan for the 2011/12 season, netting Manchester United a €1 million fee in the process. The Portuguese under-21 international, 20, could join the Turkish Süper Lig side permanently although there is no ‘option to buy’ built into the contract as widely reported. But […]

Where did the Bébé money go?


Reports that 30 per cent of the transfer fee Manchester United paid for Bébé – Tiago Manuel Dias Correia – went to agent Jorge Mendes raises further questions about the intriguing deal. United reportedly paid €9 million for the 20-year old when he joined from Vitória de Guimarães in August, with €5.5 million going to […]

Fergie claims Bébé progress


Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted that Manchester United supporters will witness the progress made by Bébé, who will make his first team début against Scunthorpe United in the Carling Cup tonight. United paid Vitória de Guimarães £7.4 million in August for the 20-year-old winger in one of the most surprising deals this summer. Claiming “exceptional circumstances” provoked […]

Bébé’s big chance to impress

Bébé will play tonight against Scunthorpe United in the Carling Cup second round, with supporters wondering if the £7.4 million Portuguese winger has what it takes to be a Manchester United player. The 20-year-old has featured in just two Under-21 fixtures and a reserve game since his surprise transfer from Vitória de Guimarães in August. While it is […]

Nobody puts Bebé in the reserves… until now!

Daily Mail rejoice! Portuguese forward Bebé will play for Manchester United reserves tonight. The fixture against Aston Villa will be Bebé’s first match in England since the shock £7.4 million transfer from Vitória Guimarães in July. United has chosen not to select the forward until now, instead placing him on an intensive fitness programme. However, Bebé – […]

What provoked the Mail’s Bébé attack?

Bebé Chris Smalling

Manchester United’s Portuguese winger Bébé has sustained a consistent attack from the Daily Mail since the player signed three weeks ago. For a senior pro the Mail’s campaign, a series of 15 almost universally critical articles, would represent unprovoked vitriol. Against the callow Bébé, it’s professionally aggressive. While United supporters are well versed in negative media articles, […]

Fergie rails against media attacks


Sir Alex Ferguson has angrily criticised media reports that his surprise Portuguese signing Bebé has already disappointed Manchester United coaches. Several outlets have already dismissed the 20-year-old as a ‘flop’ after the winger was left out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reserve team squad in the past week. Ferguson says the player is short of fitness, not ability. Hardly […]

“Before Christmas everybody will know his name”


Manchester United’s acquisition of Tiago Manuel Dias Correia – Bébé – for £7.4 million last week adds an attacking talent to Sir Alex Ferguson’s roster at Old Trafford. But the surprise nature of the deal, which was sealed in two days, left an information vacuum on the player who appeared in the Portuguese third division last […]