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22/09/2010 06:43

Papers: Bebe steps

Six steps that took a street kid to United
Bebe, who has never played top-flight football, is expected to make his United debut at Scunthorpe tonight. It was the most extraordinary signing of this or arguably any other summer, Manchester United splashing out £7.4m on a player Sir Alex Ferguson had never seen even on video, whose only competitive football matches had been played in Portugal's third division. The battered life story which then emerged of the 20-year-old Tiago Manuel Dias Correia, nicknamed Bebé, added a rags-to-riches, Oliver Twist romance to a unique football rise.
David Conn, The Guardian

Conn's detailed piece then covers six key areas of the Bebe story - Goncalo Reis (the agent who represented Bebe in Portugal), Signs new contract at Vitoria, Queiroz and Ferguson, Jorge Mendes (the agent who now represents Bebe), The FIFA rules, Bebe at Manchester United - and concludes with a confident quote from the player: "I am going to be a brilliant player for Manchester United." Fans will get their first glimpse this evening at Glanford Park.

Bebe's anticipated debut features in a number of publications, often alongside the quotes Sir Alex Ferguson gave ManUtd.com yesterday. Elsewhere, The Telegraph claim Rio Ferdinand's place is "under threat", with Sir Alex apparently viewing both Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans as "genuine rivals" at centre-back.

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