Portuguese Under-21 international Bebe has finally made his debut for the Manchester United first team. Manchester United defeated Scunthorpe United 5-2 yesterday evening in a very easy Carling Cup tie for United. Bebe was substituted in for park Ji-Sung, who was having an excellent game. Bebe enjoyed a superb debut, constantly running at defenders and causing problems for Scunthorpe. Even though he only played for 15 minutes or so, it was enough to impress fellow Red Devil, Chris Smalling, who Bebe had played against during the Portugal vs England U-21 showdown earlier this month. “Since he’s come in, he’s become sharper every day,” said Smalling. “He’s really improving and working on his fitness. Tonight he really caused their full-back problems, coming in from the wing, and hopefully we’ll see him produce that kind of form in many games to come.” Manchester United assistant manager, Mike Phelan also spoke of Bebe’s debut, saying: “The scoreline gave us the opportunity to give Bebe a little look at what Manchester United’s all about. I thought he responded very well.”
It looks as if Bebe is finally fulfilling his potential as a 7 million pound signing for United. If he keeps working hard, and with Valencia now out injured, we may see a lineup with Bebe on one side of the midfield and Nani on the other.