Manchester United Manager Sir Alex Ferguson Reveals He Hadn't Seen Bebe Play Before Signing Him

Boss didn't study player before buying for first time in career...
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson broke the habit of a lifetime by not watching Bebe in action before signing him up.

Bebe, 20, was a shock arrival at Old Trafford last week after United met his rumoured contract release clause from Guimares of £7.4 million. In a 36-year long managerial career, the Scot had never previously snapped up a player without seeing them from the stands or on video.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference to unveil new signings Bebe, Chris Smalling and Javier Hernandez, the Scot confirmed he had placed his faith in United's scouting network when buying the Portuguese attacker.

He said: "On this occasion I didn't watch him.

"It is the first time I have done it.

"Normally I see plenty of video footage but our scouting department is very good and sometimes you have to go on instinct.

"Our scout in Portugal was adamant we must do something quickly.

"You look at the material. You look at their age and whether they're bringing pace, balance, desire to play.

"You got to trust your staff at times, so I sent David Gill down there to do the deal."

When asked about his attributes, Bebe declared he was a powerful player who could succeed at Old Trafford. He said: "I am fast, I kick well and I score a lot of goals."

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