Bebe heads home on loan

3 January 2013 20:44

Manchester United have confirmed Bebe has moved to Portuguese club Rio Ave on loan until the end of June.

The 22-year-old has played seven times for the Red Devils and has found the net twice since joining the club in August 2010 for a fee of 8.6 million euros.

However, he has struggled to hold down a regular place in Sir Alex Ferguson's first-team due to the stiff competition amongst the United attack which includes Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.

Ferguson feels the loan move will give Bebe a chance to play regular football and to progress as a player.

He told the club's official website: "We feel the boy has got to get good experience at a better level than our reserve team.

"He's gone to Rio Ave who are fifth in the Portuguese league at the moment – they have a young coach (Nuno) who has a very good reputation.

"Bebe has done quite well in the last two or three months. He got a cruciate knee injury when he was on loan in Turkey last season and that derailed him for a bit.

"Coming back from these injuries takes time but he's started to develop quite well.

"Hopefully his spell in Portugal, where he is from anyway, could help him."

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 18 +44 52
2 17 +26 38
3 18 +18 38
4 18 +11 33
5 18 +4 32