Manchester United winger Bebe says his initial failure at Old Trafford was down to him “messing around too much” and hopes he hasn’t blown his chance.
The Portuguese winger joined Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad in 2010 in a deal worth £7.4million from Vitoria de Guimaraes – a deal that shocked many due to him being largely unknown.
The 22-year-old became something of a comic figure in the early part of his Manchester United career owing to a number of dismal performances.
Bebe has been on loan at Portuguese side Rio Ave this season in a bid to get his development going once more, in the hope of returning to Old Trafford with greater chances of success.
He admitted to not taking things seriously enough when first joining Manchester United and claimed he couldn’t understand anything manager Sir Alex Ferguson was saying to him.
"I never took Manchester United seriously and never understood a word about what Alex Ferguson was saying," he said in an interview with Portuguese publication Maisfutebol.
"I thought: 'I'm here, I'm doing well and I don't have to try hard every day'. It was my fault. I was messing around too much."
Despite a disappointing beginning to his Manchester United career, Bebe is hoping he still has a future at Old Trafford and expects to be given another chance.
The loan deal to Rio Ave will come to a end once the season is over and Bebe is under the impression he will return, but he only wants to stay with United if he is given a chance in the first team.
“I want to go back and everything indicates I will. But if I don't play, I would prefer to go to another team. I want to continue to develop,” he added.
“I speak regularly with coaches. They want to know how I am doing. This motivates me and gives me hope."