Manchester United confirm Bebe loan move to Rio Ave

The Portuguese striker is sent out by Sir Alex Ferguson to gain regular first-team football in his home country after failing to force his way into squad at Old Trafford
Manchester United have confirmed Bebe has moved to Portuguese club Rio Ave on loan until the end of June.

The 22-year-old has played seven times for the Red Devils and has found the net twice since joining the club August 2010 for a fee in the region of £7 million.

However, he has struggled to hold down a regular place in Sir Alex Ferguson's first-team due to the stiff competition amongst the United attack which includes Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

The Scot feels the loan move will give Bebe a chance to play regular football for something which he can't get at Old Trafford and believes the move will give him the opportunity to progress as a player.
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He told the club's official website: “We feel the boy has got to get good experience at a better level than our reserve team.

“He’s gone to Rio Ave who are fifth in the Portuguese league at the moment – they have a young coach [Nuno] who has a very good reputation.

“Bebe has done quite well in the last two or three months. He got a cruciate knee injury when he was on loan in Turkey last season and that derailed him for a bit. Coming back from these injuries takes time but he’s started to develop quite well.

"Hopefully his spell in Portugal, where he is from anyway, could help him.”