"You have big names like Cristiano Ronaldo, who played here and became a very big player. Nani and Anderson (who signed from FC Porto) are still at the club and I want to become like them. I will work hard to become a top quality player."
Sir Alex hadn't seen Bebe play before giving the green light for David Gill to travel to Portugal and complete the deal with his club, Vitoria de Guimaraes. However, the boss was prepared to put complete trust in his scouts, and the advice of Carlos Queiroz.
“Our scouting department is very good and you have got to trust your staff. Our scout in Portugal was adamant that we must do something quickly, and I also spoke to Carlos.
"Sometimes you have to go on an instinct, you look at material, you look at the player's age and whether they're bringing pace, balance, desire to play and things like that. That's how a category is formed."
Real Madrid were reportedly preparing to make a move, and they were not the only ones, according to Sir Alex's sources. “You'd have to ask Real if they were interested, but I know they were hovering and so were Benfica. So were one or two other clubs, and that's where you have to make quick decisions in life - and I'm not too bad at that."