Struggling Manchester United duo Bebe and Anderson are in line for more one shot with regards to saving their Old Trafford careers, after it emerged that both will be included in the squad for the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.
Manchester Evening News this afternoon claims that both men will travel with the first-team squad for the pre-season camp in America, despite the fact that neither is expected to play any part in Louis van Gaal’s plans moving forward. Anderson’s loan to Fiorentina last season was seen by many as beginning of the end with regards to his time as a United player, whilst the vast majority of critics see the purchase of Bebe as perhaps Sir Alex Ferguson’s worst of his managerial career.
Having been farmed out on loan during the January transfer window Anderson must have been thinking that his days raking it in whilst watching on from the stands at Old Trafford were all but over. The Brazilian flop, once heralded as a player capable of bringing the Samba flair associated with his country to Manchester, struggled to even make the grade whilst in David Moyes’ woeful squad, and his fortunes for Fiorentina during the second half of last season weren’t much better.
The 26-year-old only managed seven appearances in the Serie A and obviously didn’t impress as the Italian outfit opted not to take the option of making the switch permanent. Though he has yet a year left on his current deal it would be extremely surprising if he was to be offered an extension at United, but he will no doubt see this summer’s pre-season as a fresh opportunity to show the club that he belongs there.
Put simply, only a fool would bet on Van Gaal keeping Bebe on the books at Old Trafford past this summer. Like Anderson the 23-year-old has a year to run on his contract, but United’s new boss isn’t one to suffer weak links in his squad, and Bebe’s experiences in Manchester have done little to suggest that he is capable of playing at the required level.
The Portuguese-born playmaker does have an impressive reputation in his homeland, and so his future isn’t completely bleak, but even if he picks up his game for pre-season his past will no doubt count against him.
The speculation over the pair being handed a chance to prove their worth to United has its roots in the fact that the organisers of the International Champions Cup tournament - a pre-season competition the Red Devils are participating in - released a statement which included both Bebe and Anderson’s names amongst the players who are to be on show.