United fans are about to adopt a new Bebe!

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Manchester United announced on Wednesday the capture of Tiago Manuel Dias Correia, but for simplicity reasons lets call him ‘Bebe’.

His story is already fit for a Hollywood blockbuster - with the young 20-year-old raised in an orphanage before fending for himself as a homeless man on the streets.

But let’s get down to business, with the then teenager plying his trade as a striker for Portuguese third-tier side Estrala da Amadora before being signed for Vitoria Guimares.

At this point he hasn’t even played in the top flight in his homeland. Manchester United - apparently under pressure from Real Madrid - have a reported £7 million offer accepted for the relatively unheard of player.

Sir Alex Ferguson travels to Portugal for a character reference for former United No.2 and Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz - who personally gives Bebe the two thumbs up - and returns home with potentially the biggest master stroke of his career?

United fans could be forgiven for scratching their heads at this point while they await confirmation that Mesut Ozil, or an attacking midfield equivalent, has signed for United.

And what else is happening at Old Trafford? Following a successful medical on Friday 13th, Bebe will become United’s 8th first team striker. Take Mame Biram Diouf, currently on loan with Blackburn, and Danny Welbeck, on the verge of being loaned out to Sunderland, out and that makes six. Surely six strikers is more than enough for a team who played some of their best football last season by employing Wayne Rooney up front in a lone striker role?

Bebe might be loaned out straight away, possibly back to his current team Vitoria while he gets another year of football under his belt before a move to the Red Devils. On the other hand, he could be thrown into the deep end and expected to thread water with the best in the world.

One thing is for sure, Sir Alex Ferguson knows a good player. He's one of the managerial greats. Online clips suggest a talented, towering individual (6’ 2” tall) with a strong physique. Lightning pace and a fondness for drifting out to the left wing despite being a right footed player provides memories of Ronaldo. A tough straight forward striker naturally built for the rough housing of the English Premier League, there is arguably a resemblance to Karim Benzema (although he never got his chance for United or any other Premiership team).

The name Manucho will spring to the mind of many United fans. An exciting prospect, Manucho was loaned out to Hull City for the second half of last season and scored an injury time winner against Fulham. The Angolan was later shipped off to Real Valladolid, and there is still hope that the striker will have a future at the club.

People should not to forget United's recent success with players who used to ply their trade in Portugal, and put faith in Ferguson for now and the future.

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