Manchester United signed Bebe over Eden Hazard

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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson turned down the chance to sign Eden Hazard in favour of a move for mega-flop Bebe, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.

Bebe was signed for £7.4million in 2010 on the recommendation of then-Portugal boss and former United assistant Carlos Queiroz having only just been purchased by Vitória de Guimarãe.

However it was soon realised that the 23-year-old was not cut out to deal with the rigours of Premier League football and most consider him to be one of, if not the worst transfer decision from Ferguson.

Now, reports are suggesting that United could have signed Chelsea star Eden Hazard instead of Bebe, but opted for the latter as they felt he would be able to score plenty of goals.

"With feet like his Bebe was able to score 20 goals per season," Sir Alex is reported to have said.

"We saw Hazard, but instead hired Bebe. Who would have bet that would not work? It is clear that he had a difficult childhood wandering the streets of Lisbon."

The Portuguese winger has since been loaned out three times by United, only managing to make seven appearances for the Premier League champions.

In stark contrast Hazard has been a revelation for Chelsea, proving himself to be one of the most adept playmakers in England.

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