I’ll be honest, I’ve always found pre-season friendlies completely pointless in assessing whether a player is good enough for United. Look at the past several seasons and you’ll realise just how ridiculous it may seem to think a good pre-season performance qualifies a player to make an impression at United.
Zoran Tosic, Chris Eagles even Dong Fangzhou have all enjoyed decent spells in a Red shirt pre-season so forgive me if I’m a tad sceptical as to whether scoring against Kaizer Chiefs means you can do the same against Arsenal or Barcelona.
United’s victory over Shangai Shenhua was about as routine as it gets with the Reds treating it like a training session for much of the game. For the fans it was the chance to see new signings Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell as well as some of the youngsters Sir Alex had promised to give game time to during the tour.
With a man of the match performance plus the winning goal, you’d expect it to be the Japanese star who was receiving all the plaudits but for many it was the name of a certain Portuguese winger being praised the most.
Bebe followed up his equalising goal against Amazulu F.C with another important performance today, coming on in the second half and completely terrorising the Shenghua defence. It was Bebe’s hard work which set up the winner causing Sir Alex to comment after the game:
“It was good work by Bebe too, who set it up for him. I think Bebe did really well when he came on.”
It wasn’t just the goal, the Portuguese winger had a speculative 40 yard effort saved by the Shenghua ‘keeper ran at defenders and was a constant source of not just attacking prowess but also entertainment.
“IT’S SHANGAI SHENHUA!!” I can hear you scream, somewhat justifiably, at me, let’s not get carried away and suddenly claim the former homeless star has suddenly turned the corner.
Not even Mr and Mrs Dias Correia would claim Bebe is going to be pushing Nani, Young or Tony V out of the side, but could he salvage a career that even only a few days ago looked deader than Team GB’s football prospects.
It’s a question I’m left asking after reading so many positive tweets posts and status updates surrounding Bebe, some taking the p***, others genuine, so what do you think, “is there still hope for Bebe at United?”
Could the man who’s something of a laughing stock to many fans actually still have something to offer the Reds?
Answers on a brick through the usual window please….