Man Utd flop Bebe nets incredible free-kick in crucial promotion play-off clash

It's fair to say Manchester United fans don't exactly have fond memories of Bebe, who proved one of the most unsuccessful signings of Sir Alex Ferguson's legendary reign as manager.

The tone was set when United forked out £7million to sign the midfielder from Portuguese club Vitoria de Guimaraes in 2010 despite Ferguson admitting he had never seen him play.

And just seven games into his Red Devils career, it was clear he had no future at Old Trafford.

Ferguson loaned Bebe out for the next three seasons before waving goodbye to him permanently in 2014 – and seven years later he is still plying his trade out in Spain.

In fact, the 30-year-old is now showing the kind of quality which perhaps convinced United chiefs to complete that infamous transfer 11 years ago.

After spending a couple of previous seasons on loan with the club, Bebe joined Rayo Vallecano permanently in 2018 and has racked up 68 appearances for the Spanish second-tier outfit since.

Vallecano are currently taking on Leganes in the semi-finals of the Segunda Division playoffs, and thanks to the former United flop they are taking a commanding 3-0 lead into the second leg.

Alvaro Garcia Rivera's goal broke the deadlock for them with 17 minutes of the first leg remaining on Thursday night, which came eight minutes after Bebe entered the fray from the bench.

And just three minutes on from Rivera's opener, the substitute doubled Vallecano's lead by beating a Leganes player on the edge of the area and slotting the ball home.

But things soon got even better for Bebe and Vallecano deep into stoppage-time, as then he rifled home a sensational free-kick to seal a 3-0 victory.

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From around 25 yards out he sent a swerving effort past goalkeeper Asier Riesgo and into the back of the net.

As a result of his late brace, Vallecano are now well and truly in the driving seat ahead of this weekend's second leg against Leganes.

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