Bebe and Manucho combine to score goal against Barcelona.

Bebe and Manucho combine to score goal against Barcelona

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Manchester United fans will remember Bebe and Manucho as two of Sir Alex Ferguson’s worst ever signings.

But the two forwards combined to score for Rayo Vallecano against Luis Enrique’s Barcelona - arguably the best club side of all time - in a La Liga match on Thursday night.

Rayo still lost the match 5-1 - Lionel Messi bagging himself yet another hat-trick in the process - but that’s not what matters here, people. Bebe and Manucho linked up to score against the best team in the world and you can see the goal by scrolling down this page.


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Manucho made one appearance for Manchester United but was at the club at the same time as Wayne Rooney, Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.

In truth, that wasn’t the only reason why he wasn’t getting games at Old Trafford. The Angola international was a limited striker; two goals in 13 Premier League appearances while on loan at Hull City proved that.

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Now 32, Manucho hasn’t done too badly in La Liga over the past few years - although he’s not exactly set the Spanish league alight, either.

His close-range header against Barcelona this week was his fourth league goal of the campaign.

Bebe has also performed reasonably well for Rayo

Even Bebe has scored two goals for Rayo this season.

The 25-year-old, who United mysteriously paid £7.4 million for in 2010 despite the fact nobody had heard of the former Homeless World Cup participant beforehand, hasn’t performed too badly since arriving at Vallecas last summer.

The ex-Portugal Under-21 international is still contracted to Benfica, but Rayo’s highly-rated coach Paco Jemez has given Bebe the confidence he needed to get his career back on track.

Bebe can look brilliant - he’s powerful, fast and athletic, and possesses a pretty decent free-kick - but he can also look like a Sunday League player at times.

Consistency is currently a problem for the forward.

Bebe: I thought United interest was a joke

Speaking about his time at Old Trafford earlier this week, Bebe was quoted by The Sun as telling Sport: “At United I learned to be a man. And everything they taught me I still apply in my life.”

He also revealed that he thought it was a “joke” when informed that Manchester United wanted to sign him.

“I had eight years in an orphanage. There, I did not like football,” he added. “But my friends always wanted to play and I had no choice but to join in.

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“At first I thought it was a joke [when he was told of United’s interest], but then I saw it was true and understood that it was a unique opportunity.

“I remember being on the bench and Fergie told me: ‘Warm up’. I just stood still for a few seconds, before I knew what to do.”

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