MANCHESTER UNITED CONFIRMED confirmed Bebe has moved to Portuguese club Rio Ave on loan until the end of June.
The 22-year-old has played seven times for the Red Devils and has found the net twice since joining the club in August 2010 for a fee of €8.6 million.
However, he has struggled to hold down a regular place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s first-team due to the stiff competition amongst the United attack which includes Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
Ferguson feels the loan move will give Bebe a chance to play regular football and to progress as a player. He told the club’s official website: “We feel the boy has got to get good experience at a better level than our reserve team.
“He’s gone to Rio Ave who are fifth in the Portuguese league at the moment – they have a young coach (Nuno) who has a very good reputation.
“Bebe has done quite well in the last two or three months. He got a cruciate knee injury when he was on loan in Turkey last season and that derailed him for a bit. Coming back from these injuries takes time but he’s started to develop quite well.
“Hopefully his spell in Portugal, where he is from anyway, could help him.”