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Bebe Had A Better Scoring Rate At Manchester United Than Their Current Forwards Last Season

Bebe Had A Better Scoring Rate At Manchester United Than Their Current Forwards Last Season

Former Manchester United forward Bebe bizarrely has a better goal scoring rate at United than their current attackers managed last season.

United's season fizzled out after the full-time appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with their forwards receiving hefty criticism after failing to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

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It's now emerged that Bebe averaged a higher goal scoring rate during his Old Trafford stint than their current attacking quartet of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez achieved in the 2018-2019 season.

Bebe found the net twice in his time at Old Trafford, once against Wolves in the League Cup and against Turkish side Bursaspor in the Champions League.

The 28-year-old only played 334 minutes for The Red Devils across 7 games, but this means he averaged a goal every 167 minutes on average.

When you rank that next to the current United attack, it is a higher rate than all four of them.

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Check out the breakdown below:

Bebe - 167 minutes

Anthony Martial - 177 minutes

Romelu Lukaku - 178 minutes

Marcus Rashford - 236 minutes

Alexis Sanchez - 542 minutes

Bebe's time at Old Trafford was far from memorable. Image: PA Images
Bebe's time at Old Trafford was far from memorable. Image: PA Images

Despite Bebe playing sporadically against weaker opposition, it's still a baffling stat that highlights the lack of attacking prowess shown by Manchester United this season.

In fact, United's top scorer this season was Paul Pogba from midfield with 16.

Although this stat is humorous, it will do Bebe no favours when it comes to voting on The Red Devils' worst ever signing.

The forward was signed back in 2010 after Sir Alex Ferguson had admittedly not seen the current Rayo Vallecano forward play during his time at Vitoria de Guimaraes.

The stat makes particularly bad reading for Sanchez. Image: PA Images
The stat makes particularly bad reading for Sanchez. Image: PA Images

After signing Bebe for a reported £7.4 million, then United manager said per The Guardian:

"Sometimes you have to go on instinct and sometimes you have to trust your staff as well,

"This was a first for me, but we rate our scouting department very highly and our scout in Portugal was adamant we needed to do something, and quickly."

Bebe was on the books at United for four years but spent three stints on loan at Besiktas in Turkey as well as Rio Ave and Paços de Ferreira in his native Portugal.

Solskjaer will hope to get a better return from his forwards next season. Image: PA Images
Solskjaer will hope to get a better return from his forwards next season. Image: PA Images

He was sold to Benfica in 2014, meaning he could claim to have been managed by three different Manchester United managers.

He'll be playing in the Segunda Division next year following Rayo Vallecano's relegation from La Liga at the end of the 2018/2019 season.

Despite his stint at the Theatre Of Dreams not working out, the two goals he scored can never be taken away from him.

Plus, the misfiring United forwards will surely give Solskjaer plenty to think about during pre-season.

Topics: Football News, Anthony Martial, Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson, Alexis Sanchez, Premier League, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Bebe, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Daniel Marland

Daniel is a freelancer writer for SPORTbible and covers a variety of sports but specialises in football & wrestling. He has previously spoken to WWE wrestler Bayley as well as the legendary Triple H. He also has past experience of working at Manchester United, were he once held a door open for Nicky Butt as well as lock eyes with Jose Mourinho. He shockingly lived to tell the tale.

 

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