Nev: Bebe can flourish despite fuss

The Portuguese winger was a virtual unknown before United splashed

out £7million to take him to Old Trafford back in August. Such

a hefty price tag has helped to raise expectations, with the

20-year-old now under pressure to deliver on his promise. He has

been restricted to just one substitute outing in the Carling Cup so

far, offering supporters little opportunity to judge the new

recruit. He is, however, believed to be a hot prospect for the

future, with Sir Alex Ferguson having made a habit of unearthing

hidden gems down the years. With that in mind, veteran full-back

Neville is keen to see Bebe given the time and space he needs in

which to realise his potential. “It was good to see Bebe get his

first taste of first-team action,” he said. “United have signed

lots of youngsters in recent years – (Cristiano) Ronaldo,

(Federico) Macheda, the da Silvas – so I don’t understand the fuss

about Bebe. It’s a bit unfair on him. “He has a lot of raw talent,

two great feet, he’s extremely quick and he’s learning all the

time.”