Nani never heard of Bebe before joining Manchester United

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Manchester United's Portuguese outcasts Bebe and Nani have become friends for life so it will be strange for them when they line up against each other as Benfica take on Sporting Lisbon in the Primeira Liga on Sunday. (Sport Witness)

The duo were both shipped out of Old Trafford by Louis van Gaal earlier this summer, after spending just ten minutes on the pitch together during their time with the Red Devils.

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Nani admitted in an interview with Record ahead of this weekend's high-profile clash that prior to Bebe's arrival at Manchester United he had never heard of his compatriot, and was forced to consult YouTube of clips of his former team-mate.

It's probably no different to the research carried out by Sir Alex Ferguson who famously signed the £7 million flop without ever having seen him play.

The move backfired spectacularly as Bebe failed to make any kind of impact in England - a contribution that was only marginally improved by Nani, who returned to Lisbon last week after seven frustrating years in the Premier League.

Manchester United transfer gossip:

VFB Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger says it's an honour to be linked with a club as illustrious as Manchester United, and admits that he dreams of one day playing in the Premier League. (

The 21-year-old was speaking in an interview with German newspaper Sport Bild when questioned about recent speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford.

Louis van Gaal has instructed Red Devils chief-executive Ed Woodward to fund a last-ditch £24 million bid for William Carvalho by selling a host of first-team stars including Javier Hernandez, Anderson and Shinji Kagawa. (Daily Telegraph)

The Portugal international has been a Manchester United target for more than 12 months, and Van Gaal is now desperate to sign a holding midfielder before the transfer window closes on Sunday.

Manchester United looked to have failed in their pursuit of Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal after they had an offer rejected by the Italian club. (Tuttosport)

The Red Devils have already splashed in the region of £130 million so far in this window, but will not add the Chile international to their ranks at Old Trafford after refusing to meet the player's €50 million valuation.

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