Former United boss snubbed Chelsea star for Portuguese flop.
Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he turned down the chance to sign Eden Hazard in favour of signing Bebe, according to the Daily Express.
In what turned out to be one of Ferguson’s worst signings during his distinguished Old Trafford career, Bebe joined United in 2010 on the recommendation of then-assistant manager Carlos Queiroz, though Ferguson himself had allegedly never actually seen him play.
The Scot has defended his decision, saying he thought the Portuguese forward looked an outstanding prospect, though it has rather embarrassingly emerged as well that he could have signed Hazard instead.
The Belgian attacker emerged as one of the best prospects in world football during his time in Ligue 1 with Lille, and has since go on to become a hit after a big-money move to United’s Premier League rivals Chelsea, continuing his rise as one of the game’s top players.
Bebe is still technically a United player, though he has spent the last three seasons out on loan from the club, with Besiktas, Rio Ave and now Pacos Ferreira, as he seems unlikely to have a long-term future with the Red Devils.