Sir Alex Ferguson has come to the defence of new Manchester United signing Bebe, stating that the player does not deserve the “vicious attacks” in the media that followed his omission from the club’s reserve squad this week.
Reports have suggested Bebe – reported to have cost around £7 million – has not impressed during his early training sessions, with the Guardian claiming “first impressions of Bebe have been below expectations”.
However, Ferguson insists Bebe was never due to face theManchester City’s reserves on Tuesday, and backed the player to show his worth when he achieves full fitness.
“Bebe is on a programme doing endurance work because his fitness levels are not near the ones we are at,” he said. “Other than that he has done well.
“I know he has had a couple of vicious attacks on him for why he wasn’t playing in the reserve game but he was never going to be playing on Tuesday. The boy did not deserve that.
“He is a young man trying to make his way in football. They didn’t need to do that. It was a really bitter attack. Ability-wise he is excellent. He is a terrific finisher.
“We have been very impressed with that. It is just the fitness levels he needs to get to.”